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.
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.
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.
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.
How long does an Oregon restraining order last?
Temporary restraining orders typically last until your court hearing date, which is usually within 14 days. If granted by a judge after this hearing, a final restraining order can last up to one year but can be renewed if needed. In some cases involving extreme risk protection orders or stalking protective orders, they may be indefinite.
How does a restraining order affect child custody and parenting time?
A restraining order can impact child custody and parenting time by limiting the access of the restrained party to the children or by placing restrictions on visitation, such as supervised visits or no contact at all depending on the nature of abuse. Further, there is a statutory consideration against awarding custody to a parent who is determined to have committed abuse.
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.

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