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What is the difference between a restraining order and a protective order? back  
Date of Record: February 7, 2011

 
What is the difference between a restraining order and a protective order? 
 

A protective order is only available for people who have experienced dating or family violence and it can lead to criminal penalties (the Respondent/violator can be arrested) if violated.  A restraining order can be ordered by a court for many different types of situations and only has civil penalties if violated.

 

If you believe you qualify for a protective order contact the SAAFE HOUSE.