Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

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 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.
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.
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.
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 is an Oregon Stalking Order?
An Oregon Stalking Order is a court order that provides protection for individuals who are being stalked, harassed, or threatened by another person. It prohibits the stalker from contacting or coming near the victim and can result in criminal penalties if violated.
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.
How long does a stalking protective order last in Oregon?
In Oregon, a stalking protective order may be granted for an indefinite period. The duration of the order depends on the circumstances and the court's decision. It can be modified or terminated by the court upon request by either party, given a significant change in the situation.
How does an Oregon Stalking Order affect custody and visitation rights?
An Oregon Stalking Order can impact custody and visitation rights if the stalker is a parent of the child involved. The court may consider limiting their access to the child based on safety concerns, potentially leading to supervised visits or even loss of parental rights.

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