Family Violence

Family violence means an act by a member of a family or household against another member of the family or household that is intended to result in physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or sexual assault or that is a threat that reasonably places the member in fear of imminent physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or sexual assault, dating violence, or abuse.

If a court finds that family violence has occurred and is likely to occur in the future, a judge will sign a protective order.  A protective order is issued by a court and may require an individual to act or to refrain from doing an act so as to prevent or reduce the likelihood of family violence in the future. A proceeding for a protective order begins by filing an application for a protective order with the court.