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A Personal Protection Order (PPO) is a Circuit Court injunctive order that protects victims of Domestic Violence or Stalking. A PPO is filed by a Petitioner against a Respondent to stop or restrain a Respondent from:

  • Contacting the Petitioner through any means (in person, by phone, by mail or email, etc.)
  • Entering the Petitioner’s residence property or work place
  • Assaulting, attacking, beating, molesting, or wounding the Petitioner
  • Harassing, stalking or threatening the Petitioner
  • Removing minor children from petitioner who has legal custody, except as allowed by custody or parenting-time order provided removal of the children does not violate other conditions of the order
  • Interfering with the Petitioner’s efforts to remove his or her children or property
  • Purchasing or possessing a firearm
  • Interfering with or engaging in conduct that impairs the Petitioner’s employment or educational environment
  • Having access to information in records concerning a minor child of petitioner and respondent that will reveal petitioner’s address, telephone number, or employment address or that will reveal the child’s address or telephone number
  • Any other specific act that interferes with the Petitioner’s personal liberty or causes a reasonable fear of violence

    A PPO cannot:
    • Evict a person in a landlord/tenant relationship or spousal relationship
    • Establish custody or parenting time
    • Protect personal property from damage
    • Mediate neighbor disputes
    • Stop a person from being rude or spreading rumors
    What to do if there is a violation of the PPO:
    • Call the local police IMMEDIATELY
    • When the police arrive, they may arrest the Respondent for violating the PPO
    • If the Respondent is not at the scene, give the police a statement. The police may request the Prosecutor’s office to issue a show cause order, which will trigger a contempt of court proceeding in Circuit or Family Court.
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