We have all heard about restraining orders, one way or another. However, we tend to only have a very basic understanding of restraining orders and how they work. Most people do not even realize that there are multiple types of restraining orders available. The four types are:
Each type of order handles a different type of situation, which means they have different requirements for being filed.
Civil Harassment: This is the type of restraining order that most people are familiar with. You can get this restraining order if a person is being stalked, harassed, abused, or threatened by someone who is not close to you.
Domestic Violence: This is the type of restraining order that a person gets if he or she is being abused by someone close to them. Being close to someone means husband or wife, an ex, parent, child, sibling grandparent or in-law.
Adult Abuse: This restraining order is for someone who is either age 65+ or is between 16 to 84 years old and has a mental or physical disability that prevents the person from defending him or herself. If a person meets one of those requirements, and has been a victim of physical or financial abuse, neglect, or harmful treatment, then this is the type of restraining order the person would get.
Workplace Violence: This is the type of restraining order that an employer gets to protect an employee that has been a victim of stalking, harassment, violence, or a threat of violence. This is only for employers seeking to help their employees, employees themselves cannot get this kind of restraining order for themselves, but they can get a civil harassment restraining order.
Regardless of what type of restraining order you get, each one can include the following orders:
Restraining orders are meant to protect people by keeping threatening people away. They have a lot of negative consequences for the person being restrained. If a restrained person breaks a restraining order, he or she can face a fine, jail time, or both.