What Actions Does the Temporary (or Permanent) Restraining Order Stop?

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The answer here depends upon what orders the petitioner has requested, and what orders the judge has approved.

To know for sure, carefully read the court order and see what actions have been included as something the restrained person cannot do to the person who asked for the order, or to anyone else covered by the order. Look for the check marks or an "X" on the DV-110 (pages 1-5) for what has been included in your order.

The full list behaviors or actions that a restrained person can be made to stop include:

  • molesting
  • attacking
  • striking
  • stalking
  • threatening
  • sexually assaulting
  • battering
  • harassing
  • telephoning
  • destroying personal property
  • contacting either directly or indirectly through a 3rd person or by mail
  • coming within a specified distance of the other party (usually 100 yards, the length of a football field)
  • disturbing the peace of the other party
  • possessing, buying, receiving or in any other way getting guns or other firearms and ammunition.

The respondent may also be ordered to:

  • leave/move out of a shared dwelling ("kick-out order")
  • stay away from the couple's children (at least until a hearing can be had)
  • turn in or sell all guns and ammunition in their possession
  • give over exclusive use of certain property to the Petitioner (at least until the hearing)



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