What does a protective order do?
A protective order may direct the abuser to stay a certain distance from addresses listed in the order. It can also order the abuser to refrain from committing family violence against or from harassing the protected person. The protective order may also order the abuser not to possess any weapons.

However, the protective order does not necessarily prevent the abuser from doing any of these things, as there is no guarantee that the abuser will obey the order. The abuser may still choose to violate the order, thereby subjecting the abuser to criminal and civil penalties.

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1. Do I have to be married to the person I want an order against?
2. How much does it cost to get a protective order?
3. How long does it take to get a protective order?
4. What does a protective order do?
5. What’s the difference between a protective order and a restraining order?
6. Can I get a protective order for my children?
7. How long does a protective order last?