What should I do when I leave the courthouse?
Here are some things that you may want to consider doing. Please evaluate each one in the context of your specific situation to see if you think that it is appropriate for you:
- Review the order carefully before you leave the courthouse. If something is wrong or missing, ask the clerk to correct the order before you leave.
- Make several copies of the restraining order as soon as possible.
- Keep a copy of the order with you at all times.
- Leave copies of the order at your work place, at your home, at the children’s school or daycare, in your car, with a sympathetic neighbor, and so on.
- Give a copy to the security guard or person at the front desk where you live and/or work along with a picture of the abuser.
- Give a copy of the order to anyone who is named in and protected by the order.
- If the court has not given you an extra copy for your local law enforcement agency, take one of your extra copies and deliver it to them.
- You may wish to consider changing your locks, if permitted by law, and your phone number.
You might find it helpful to talk to someone at a domestic violence organization near you for support. See OR Advocates and Shelters for contact information.
Even with a restraining order, it is important to take safety precautions and create a safety plan to keep you and your children as safe as possible. Please read our Safety Tips information or ask your local domestic violence advocate to help you design a safety plan that is best for you.