What if the Restrained Person Does Not Follow the Court Order?

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If the restrained person violates the Order by committing or threatening domestic violence, or tries in any way to get the protected person's address or location, the protected person should contact a law enforcement agency. The restrained person may be arrested, charged with a crime, and put in jail.


IF the violation occurs BEFORE the first court hearing:

The protected person must have with them a certified copy of: (the copy given to him or her by the court clerk)

  • the Temporary Restraining Order (Form DV-110)  

    OR
  • the Restraining Order After Hearing (CLETS) (Form DV-130)

Along with any attachments such as:

  • the Child Custody and Visitation Order (Form DV-140)

    AND
  • the filed copy of the Proof of Service (Form DV-200)

The police officer or sheriff's deputy will read the court order to see if it has been violated. He or she will then decide what action to take to enforce the court order.

If the restrained person is arrested and criminal charges are filed, the protected person may be asked to go to the criminal court to tell what happened.

It may be several weeks or months before the criminal case is called and the protected person is asked to tell about what happened.

Therefore, it would be easier to remember things for the hearing if the protected person wrote down everything that happened just as soon as possible after things calm down.

If the restrained person violates other provisions of the order (such as child support or property control), the protected person can contact:

To read an information sheet called "How to Enforce Your Order" (DV-530-INFO) in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean or Vietnamese, click the language you need:

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