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Consequences of a Domestic Violence Restraining Order

A Domestic Violence Restraining Order may:

  • Order the defendant not to assault, threaten, abuse, follow, harass, or interfere with someone, their children, or people they live with in person, at work, on the telephone, or by other means.
  • Order the defendant to stay away from any place including the complaining party’s school, their children’s school, their work place, or friends’ homes, or any place where he/she may be seeking shelter.
  • Prohibition the defendant from possessing or purchasing a firearm.
  • Tell the police to remove the defendant from the home.
  • Grant the complaining party temporary full control over things that defendant co-owns with complainant, such as a car, a truck, a boat, a computer, electronic equipment, bank accounts, or household appliances.
  • Order the defendant to continue to make the loan payments.
  • Order the defendant to return the complaining party’s personal belongings.
  • Order the defendant to pay certain bills, pay back money the complaining witness lost for missing work or other expenses (such as ambulance, medical, dental, shelter, counseling and/or legal fees).
  • Order the defendant to pay complaining party’s attorney’s fees.
  • Order the defendant to attend a batterer’s treatment program or other counseling service.
  • Child custody and visitation – If the complaining witness and defendant have children together, the judge can decide where the children will live, which parent will make decisions affecting the children, and how the children will spend time with each parent (where, when, and whether supervised).
  • Removal of child – Petitioning the judge to keep either or both parents from traveling or moving outside the city, county, area, or state with the children.