Can I get a restraining order if I'm a minor?
Maybe. If you are under 18 years old, you cannot file on your own for a Family Abuse Prevention Act restraining order unless the abuser is over 18 and:
- is your spouse or former spouse; or
- is someone with whom you have been in a sexually intimate relationship (regardless of whether or not you ever lived together).*
You must have experienced domestic abuse within the last 180 days to get a restraining order against the abuser. However, any time during which the abuser is in prison or lives more than 100 miles from you does not count as part of the 180-day period.**
If you do not satisfy the above requirements, speak to a local domestic violence organization for more information about minors getting restraining orders. You can find one near you on our OR Advocates and Shelters page.
* O.R.S § 107.726
** O.R.S § 107.710(6)