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PFA Protection From Abuse Order

PFA Order is a civil court action intended to stop the abuse against you and/or your children. To qualify for a PFA Order you and the abuser must be intimate partners or living in the same house, meaning you must:

* Be living together OR * Have lived together in the past OR * Be the parent of or living with a child who has been harmed by the abuser OR * Have a child in common OR * Be in or have been in a dating relationship AND * The abuser has purposely tried to physically harm you or a child, or has purposely or carelessly caused physical harm. * The abuser has purposely caused you or a child to fear that physical harm is about to happen. * The abuser has participated in certain sexual behaviors with a child under 16 years of age who is not the abuser's spouse.

To apply for a Protection From Abuse Order

* You can fill out the petition at one of our offices nearest you. * The petition is then taken to the District Court clerk's office. * You must sign the petition in front of the court clerk; some courts require identification. * Be prepared to tell the judge why you think you need protection. * You will be probably be given a temporary order that will protect you until the final hearing. * At the final hearing, the judge decides if the temporary order should become a final order, lasting up to a year.

If you have questions about the Protection Order process please contact an office in your county.

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