How to Get a Restraining Order

Although the details vary by state, there are two basic requirements for getting a restraining order:

  1. Showing a certain relationship between you and the abuser
  2. Showing abuse in your relationship

By law, restraining orders are free in all 50 states.

A restraining order can’t guarantee your safety or change your abuser, but it can help keep you safe during a difficult time. In fact, after you get a restraining order, your abusive partner could face criminal penalties for violating it.