What Is an Order of Protection?

LifesaverDomestic violence is a serious matter that results in the death and injury of many adults and children each year in Arizona. If you believe you or your child is in danger, the first thing you must do is to get to safety. Call 911 or get to a domestic violence shelter.

Once you have gotten away from immediate danger, the next step is to obtain an order of protection so that you and your child can remain safe. You can seek an order of protection against:

  • Your spouse or former spouse
  • Your current or former roommate
  • The father or mother of your child or unborn child
  • Your current boyfriend or girlfriend or anyone you are involved with romantically or sexually
  • A member of your family such as parent, grandparent, sibling, child, or grandchild
  • A member of your spouse’s family

The order can be obtained if you have been assaulted or abused or are in danger, have been threatened, harassed, kidnapped, stalked, or intimidated. If the abuser has interfered with your custody rights, has trespassed or has committed a dangerous crime against your child you can also obtain an order of protection.

You may obtain an emergency order of protection immediately and then obtain a permanent order which can last up to one year. The order can direct your abuser to stay away from you, your residence, place of work, your pets, and school. It can give you exclusive use of the home. It can direct the abuser to have no contact with you in any way. The abuser may be ordered to turn in firearms and to complete a domestic violence treatment program.

For assistance with your domestic violence case in Maricopa County, call the Sampair Group. We are ready to make sure you get the protection you need.