By Alexandra Mulé
If you have been threatened or harmed by someone, obtaining an order of protection issued by the court may be necessary. Orders of protection are used to address situations such as domestic violence. An order of protection may be issued by Family Courts, Criminal Courts and Supreme Courts. The purpose of an order of protection may direct the offender not to injure or harass you or a family member. The offender may be ordered to vacate the marital residence, follow custody orders or even to stay away from you and your children.
Family Court may issue an order of protection as part of a confidential civil proceeding. The Court may issue an order of protection if they find that violence occurred within a family or relationship and protect the victims from the offender. An order of protection can be issued against someone with whom you have a child in common, someone with whom you’ve had an intimate relationship, or even your spouse. The Supreme Court may issue an order of protection as part of an ongoing divorce for the same reasons as listed above.
Occasionally, once an order is issued, the offender violates the order. If this occurs and the police are called, the police will likely arrest the offender for his or her violation. Additionally, the victim also has the right to file a violation of the order in family court. If you find yourself in a similar position, your attorney will be able to help and guide you throughout the process. It is important, if you do find the offender violated the order, to reach out to your attorney so they can proceed and properly hold the offender accountable.