If You Agree to Being Listed on the Restraining Order

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If you agree to being listed on the DV Restraining Order, you can decide if you want to go to the court hearing. The judge can issue a Restraining Order that includes you, as long as you are a family member (a child, spouse, co-habitant, etc.) or live with and have a permanent residence with the person seeking protection.

However, if you are 18 years old or older you can participate in the court hearing, if you want to, as a witness on behalf of the person seeking protection.

  • Ask the person seeking protection to call you as a witness so that you can speak to the judge.
  • The judge may agree to hear you, or may decide that he or she does not need to hear from you.
  • Even if the judge did not hear you tell your story, you may still be listed as a protected party.

For information about what will probably happen in court, click here.

For information about what to do if the restrained person does not follow the court orders, click here.

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