What protections does a Restraining Order provide?
Heidi Ann Lepp’s Answer:
If one obtains a final restraining order, a Court can grant relief including, but not limited to:
- Restraining the abuser from subjecting the victim to further domestic violence and from communicating with the victim.
- Granting sole possession of the home in which both parties live. The judge can order this relief even if the home is owned or leased only by the abuser. If it is not possible for the victim to stay in the home, the judge can order the abuser to pay the victim’s rent;
- Awarding temporary custody of children born of the relationship. The Court can also decide how often and in what manner (supervised or unsupervised) the abuser can see the children, and specify the time and place of parenting time.
- Granting temporary possession of personal property such as a car, checkbook, health insurance documentation, identification, a key, and other personal items;
- Requiring emergency financial support from the abuser, including support for minor children;
- Directing that a law enforcement officer must accompany the victim or the abuser to the home or shared workplace to supervise the removal of personal items;
- Requiring the abuser to attend anger management or similar courses;
- Granting possession of an animal owned or kept by the victim or a child who lives in the household; and
- Any other appropriate relief the court deems equitable and just.