Victims of violence, stalking, or sexual abuse, can apply for a court order to keep their abuser away from them. Due to the different types of abuse people experience, there are different kinds of Protective Orders. A Protective Order can order an abuser:
Not to hurt, threaten, or harass the victim or the victim’s children, either directly or through another person;
To stay away from the victim, the victim’s family, the victim’s home, workplace, and children’s daycare or school;
Not to carry a gun, even with a license.
A Protective Order can last up to two years and up to life. Violation of a Protective Order can be a felony.