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Protect Yourself with a PPO

The three types of personal protection orders you can obtain

  • June 26, 2014
  • By domesticshelters.org
Protect Yourself with a PPO

Survivors have the right to protect themselves against their abusers, and the courts can help by issuing them a protection order or restraining order. A protection order, sometimes also called a PPO or personal protection order, is designed to help stop violent or harassing behavior, and to protect a survivor and their family. A temporary protection order typically lasts for a short period of time and can give survivors time to prepare for follow-on hearings that allow the court to consider a request for a permanent protection order, which can last for years.

Once the proper paperwork is filed by the survivor for a permanent protection order, the abuser is served and has the right to come to court to give his own personal statement, says Lozano. “The judge questions both parties and makes the decision to approve or not.”

A protection order can require the abuser not come on to your property, assault or attack you, threaten to kill you or physically harm you, take away your children if you have legal custody of them, bother you at your workplace, call you on the phone or send you mail. It may also mandate that an abuser not purchase or carrying a firearm. You can learn more about how to obtain a protection order in this helpful article. According to the domestic violence nonprofit EVE,[1] there are

Three types of personal protection orders:

  • A Domestic PPO is for those in a former or current marriage or a current or former dating relationship, or for those who share a household or a child.
  • A Stalking PPO does not require you have an established relationship with the defendant, but rather that defendant has demonstrated a pattern of behavior that has caused you to feel threatened, harassed or intimidated.
  • A Sexual Assault PPO also does not require an established relationship, but rather, it is to protect those who have been threatened sexually by someone, or, if you are a minor, to protect against someone who has tried to give you obscene materials.[2]

Don’t worry, if this sounds confusing, you can seek out a domestic violence agency in your area and they can help you navigate the process of securing a protection order. Just know that an attorney is not required, and in many states, there is no fee to file a protection order for domestic violence victims. After you get a protection order, it is time to think about the next steps.

[1] http://www.eveinc.org/main/index.php/personal-protection-order-assistance#ppoforms

[2] http://michiganlegalhelp.org/self-help-tools/protection-from-abuse/petition-personal-protection-order-nondomestic-sexual-assault