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How do I obtain a restraining order?

For abuse occurring between intimate partners or household members, a restraining order may be obtained by filing a Protection from Abuse (PFA) case. The Clerk's office provides the forms and an instruction booklet for filing a PFA.

For protection from stalking, a restraining order may be obtained by filing a Protection from Stalking (PFS) case. The Clerk's office provides forms for filing a PFS.

Obtaining a restraining order for reasons other than abuse or stalking must be done through a separate civil action. You may want to consult an attorney to obtain a restraining order in these cases, because the Clerk's office does not provide forms or an instruction booklet.