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Depending on the jurisdiction and the particular matter at hand, a person who has been subject to domestic violence, stalking or harassment may seek a restraining order, protective order or order of protection to stop continued abuse. These are court orders that provide for the protection of a victim of abuse or harassment. They restrict behavior on the part of the person named as the stalker or abuser in the order. For example, a restraining order may prohibit a person from coming within a certain distance of a victim or from contacting a victim in any way. The terms and duration of a restraining order or order of protection will vary depending on the particular case.
Working with an attorney may be beneficial if you are interested in seeking a restraining order. Applying can be complex, and you may find that the person named in the order attempts to contest its validity. A family law attorney can protect your rights and interests in these proceedings.