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Restraining Orders: 101 – Online Information Clinic


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  • Watch the OIC from a friend’s device instead, delete the website from your browser history, or watch it in an incognito window. Learn how on
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This Online Information Clinic covers basic information on restraining orders, including the process to obtain one, tips for someone who needs to file for one, the types available to victims/survivors of domestic violence, and options for when an order is not granted. You can jump to specific topics at the times included below.

  • What is a restraining order (1:13)
  • Types of restraining orders and steps to get them -ex parte, temporary, and final- (4:10)
  • Tips for someone who needs to file for a restraining order (8:08)
  • How to prepare for court (13:41)
  • Options when a restraining order is not granted (17:28)

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