What Does a Restraining Order Do?

In general restraining orders can include “personal conduct orders”, “stay-away orders”, and “resident exclusion orders”.

Personal conduct orders stop specific acts against everyone named in the restraining order as a protected person. Some of the acts that the restrained person can be ordered to stop include:

  • Contacting, calling, or sending any messages (including e-mail);
  • Attacking, striking, or battering;
  • Stalking;
  • Threatening;
  • Sexually assaulting;
  • Harassing;
  • Destroying personal property; or
  • Disturbing the peace of the protected people

Stay-away orders keep the restrained person a certain distance away (like 50 or 100 yards) from:

  • The protected person or persons;
  • Where the protected person lives;
  • His or her place of work;
  • His or her children’s schools or places of child care;
  • His or her vehicle;
  • Other important places where he or she goes

Residence exclusion (“kick-out” or “move-out”) orders tell the restrained person to move out from where the protected person lives and to take only clothing and personal belongings until the court hearing. These orders can only be asked for in domestic violence or elder or dependent adult abuse restraining order cases.

For more information about what restraining orders do, click here.