Emergency Orders: What Every Domestic Abuse Victim Needs to Know

Emergency OrdersAn emergency order is a type of temporary restraining order. Like other types of restraining orders, with an emergency order, the person being abused (called the petitioner) files a motion before the court asking that the abuser (called the respondent) be prohibited from having contact with the petitioner.

Such requests typically cover all types of contact, including direct phone calls, texts and social media messages, as well as communication via friends and relatives.  In cases where the petitioner and respondent live together, the emergency order also prohibits the respondent from living in the residence they share.  In cases where they have children, an emergency order addresses child custody. read more