How can a Family Abuse Prevention Act restraining order protect me?
A restraining order can order the abuser to:
- Stop abusing, threatening, or interfering with you and any children in your custody;
- Stay away from your home, school, place of business, or other specified place;
- Leave your home (if you live together);
- Remove personal belongings from the home while police stand guard; and/or
- Have no contact with you in person, by mail, or by phone.*
A restraining order can also:
- Give you temporary legal custody of your children;
- Give the abuser temporary custody (if you request this) dependent upon certain conditions to protect the children;
- Allow you visitation rights to your children if the abuser has custody;
- Order other relief that the judge thinks is necessary to provide for the safety and welfare of you and your children, including but not limited to emergency financial assistance from the respondent; and/or
- Order other relief to prevent the neglect and protect the safety of any animal kept for personal protection, companionship, service or therapy (but not an animal kept for any business, commercial, agricultural or economic purpose).*
Whether a judge orders any or all of the above depends on the facts of your case.
* O.R.S. § 107.718(1)