What if it's an Emergency?

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IF YOU NEED PROTECTION RIGHT NOW, call 911,

or

  • a local law enforcement agency, or
  • a domestic violence shelter, or
  • the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-799-SAFE.

For more Domestic Violence information and resources, click here


Emergency Protective Orders

  • Any police officer can call a judge and get Emergency Protective Orders (EPO's) 24 hours a day. Tell the police officer what happened and why you're afraid.
  • There is no cost to you for this service.
  • The EPO goes into effect immediately.


The Emergency Protective Order can:

  • order the abusive person to move out of the home;
  • order him or her to stay away from you and your place of work;
  • order him or her to not see your children, at least on a temporary basis.


An Emergency Protective Order only lasts up to 7 (seven) days.

If you want protection for longer than 7 days, you must go to court to request the Domestic Violence Protection Act Restraining Order.

There are also restraining orders, not covered on this site, which can be issued by the criminal, civil, juvenile, and probate courts.



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