Domestic Abuse Orders for Protection

What is an Order for Protection (OFP)?

An Order for Protection (OFP) is a court order. It orders the abuser not to hurt the victim. It can also make the abuser leave the victim’s home and/or cease contact with the victim. If the abuser violates the Order for Protection, call the police. Violating an Order for Protection is a misdemeanor crime and the violator can be arrested.

Select the topic tabs below to learn more about this process. 

Additional Resources

  1. What is Domestic Abuse?

Domestic Abuse is any physical harm including:

  • Burning you with hot food, beverages or cigarettes
  • Choking
  • Kicking
  • Locking you in a room
  • Pulling hair
  • Punching
  • Pushing
  • Shooting
  • Shoving
  • Slapping
  • Stabbing
  • Throwing things at you
  • Creating fear of immediate physical harm (threats)* which can include:
    • Killing your pets
    • Saying things like “I’ll kill you if you leave me,” or “If you don’t give me the car keys, I’ll hit you harder than last time.”
    • Smashing furniture
    • Waving a gun or knife at you
  • Criminal Sexual Conduct which includes forced intercourse or forced contact with intimate body parts, even if you are married. For a child under 18, this also includes any sex or sexual contact.
  • Terroristic threats which can include:
    • Bomb threats
    • Threatening with a fake gun
    • Threatening to commit any crime of violence
  • Interference with an emergency call including:
    • Emergency 911 calls
    • Emergency calls for medical or ambulance service
    • Emergency calls to police or the fire department
    • Other emergency calls

*If the abuser has hurt you in the past and these words or actions now cause you to believe the abuser is about to do it again, that is a threat of physical harm.

  1. In the Event of Domestic Violence
  1. Family / Household Member Definition
  1. Seek an Order for Protection