A victim of abuse can file for a Protection From Abuse (PFA) Order is the victim and abuser are current or former intimate partners (current or former spouses or dating relationships) OR if the abuser is a family member (related by blood or marriage).
If the victim of abuse DOES NOT have one of those relationships with the abuser, there are TWO other situations where a victim of abuse can seek a civil protection order that is very similar to a PFA Order.
- Sexual Violence Protection Order: for victims of sexual violence by an abuser who is NOT a current or former intimate partner or family member AND who are at a continued risk of harm.
- Protection From Intimidation Order: for MINORS (under 18 years of age) who have been the victim of “Intimidation” by an adult (18 years or older) who is NOT a current or former intimate partner or family member AND who are at a continued risk of harm. “Intimidation” includes conduct relating to the crimes of harassment and stalking.
Similar to a PFA Order, a PSVI order can order the abuser from having contact with the victim and prohibit the abuser from the victim’s home, place of employment or school.
To seek a PSVI Order, an individual should follow the same procedures and instructions for “How to Obtain a PFA Order”.