How long does the order remain in effect?
When you first get protection under the law it is only temporary. The order is called a TRO for Temporary Restraining Order. You must return to court on the date indicated in the TRO, which will be about 10 days later. Both you and the abuser will be asked to appear in court on that date.

During the 10-day period the police or Sheriff's Office will serve the abuser with a copy of the order, so the abuser will know when the hearing is. Keep a copy of the order with you and give a copy to the police in any town where you think the abuser might bother you.

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1. What is domestic violence?
2. What is a restraining order?
3. What does a restraining order do?
4. Who can get a restraining order?
5. How do you file a restraining order?
6. How long does the order remain in effect?
7. What can you do if the order is violated?
8. Can I file criminal charges?
9. What happens next?