October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month!
(1) PROTECTION ORDERS:
Courts can issue Orders to protect people from domestic or family violence, stalking, or a sex offense. These court orders are called Protection Orders (“PO’S”) or Orders for Protection.
There are two (2) kinds of Protection Orders—an Ex Parte Protection Order, which is issued without a hearing, and a Protection Order issued after a hearing.
Protection Orders typically last for two (2) years. A victim may file a Petition to Extend an Order for Protection.
(2) NO CONTACT ORDERS:
No Contact Orders (“NCO’s”) are issued in criminal and juvenile proceedings and are requested by the State of Indiana. In the criminal context, crime victims have rights with respect to issues of pretrial release and revocation of bail.
(3) WORKPLACE VIOLENCE RESTRAINING ORDERS:
In Indiana, courts can issue orders to protect an employee from unlawful violence or credible threats of violence. These Orders are called Workplace Violence Restraining Orders (“WVRO’s”).
There are two kinds of WVRO’s—a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) issued without a hearing that lasts a maximum of 15 days; and, an Injunction which is an Order issued after a hearing) that lasts up to three (3) years.
Because your situation may involve unique and complex problems, you may want to consult with an attorney. Hope Law Firm can help you navigate these difficult times, contact us at 574-784-1019.
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