Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

How do I obtain an Oregon restraining order?
To obtain a restraining order in Oregon, you must file a petition with the Circuit Court in the county where you live or where the abuse occurred. You'll need to complete the necessary forms, provide detailed information about the abuser and incidents of abuse, and attend a hearing before a judge who will assess your request.
What types of restraining orders are available in Oregon?
In Oregon, there are three main types of restraining orders: Family Abuse Prevention Act (FAPA) orders for domestic violence victims, Elderly Persons and Persons with Disabilities Abuse Prevention Act (EPPDAPA) orders for vulnerable adults, and Sexual Abuse Protective Orders (SAPO) for survivors of non-intimate partner sexual assault.
What happens if someone violates an Oregon restraining order?
Violating an Oregon restraining order is considered contempt of court and can result in criminal charges such as misdemeanor or felony charges depending on the severity of violation; this may lead to fines or imprisonment.
How do I obtain an Oregon stalking protective order?
To obtain a stalking protective order, you need to file a petition at your local circuit court, describing the stalking incidents and providing evidence of the behavior. After reviewing your petition, a judge may grant a temporary order, followed by a hearing to decide whether to issue a permanent order.
What is an Oregon stalking protective order?
An Oregon stalking protective order is a legal document issued by a court to protect a person from being harassed, intimidated, or followed by another individual. It aims to prevent further stalking behavior by the respondent (the accused stalker) and to ensure the petitioner's (the victim's) safety.
Are Oregon stalking protective orders enforceable in other states?
Yes, Oregon stalking protective orders are enforceable in other states under the federal Violence Against Women Act. If you move or temporarily relocate to another state, inform local law enforcement about your protective order to ensure it is properly enforced and to maintain your protection should you move out of Oregon.
What is the difference between a stalking protective order and a restraining order?
A stalking protective order specifically targets stalking behaviors, while a restraining order typically addresses broader issues of domestic violence, such as abuse or threats. Restraining orders are usually requested by family or household members, while stalking protective orders can be sought by anyone experiencing stalking.
Does an out-of-state or foreign protective order apply in Oregon?
Yes, under federal law called Full Faith & Credit provision all states must enforce valid out-of-state protective/restraining orders as if they were issued in Oregon. You should register your order with local authorities to ensure proper enforcement.
Can an Oregon restraining order be modified or terminated?
Yes, either party can request modifications or termination of a restraining order by filing appropriate paperwork with the court and attending another hearing before a judge who will consider whether circumstances have changed sufficiently to warrant changes.
Can I get an Oregon Stalking Order against someone I was previously married to?
Yes, you can obtain an Oregon Stalking Order against someone you were previously married to if they are engaging in stalking behavior towards you. This may include harassment, following you without consent, or making unwanted contact after divorce proceedings have concluded.

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