If you get a Final Restraining Order, the court will give you a copy of your FRO. If there is anything in the order that you don’t understand, ask for an explanation. If something is wrong or missing, ask the court clerk to correct the order before you leave.
- Make copies of the order and leave them where you live, work, attend school, or anywhere else where you spend a lot of time. You may also want to keep a copy in your car or purse/wallet – so that a copy of your FRO is readily available if needed.
- Give a copy to anyone who is named in and protected by the order.
- Deliver a copy to your local police station.
- If you feel threatened, consider changing your locks and phone number.
- Prepare a safety plan, just to be safe.
- If the abuser does not obey the order, call the police.
If the Final Restraining Order is entered, the aggressor will be ordered to undergo fingerprinting. The order will be registered in the state and national domestic violence database. Other consequences of a FRO include forfeiture of the defendant’s weapons and potential criminal charges. Moreover, once a FRO is entered it will remain on a person’s record permanently.
If you do not get a Final Restraining Order:
- You can still call the police and/or seek another restraining order if another incident of domestic violence happens.
- If you are concerned for your safety, prepare a safety plan.
- If you are still living with the defendant, think about leaving (if possible).
- Consider reaching out to a domestic violence resource organization.