"Family or household member" means spouses, former spouses, persons related by blood or marriage, persons who are presently residing together, as a family, or who have resided together in the past, as a family, and persons who have a child in common regardless of whether they have been married or have resided together at any time.
"Repeat Violence" means two incidents of violence or stalking committed by the respondent, one of which must have been within 6 months of the filing of the petition, which are directed against the petitioner or the petitioner's immediate family member.
"Violence" means any assault, battery or sexual battery or stalking by a person against any other person.
An injunction for protection, also referred to as a restraining order, is a court order which places restrictions on a person who has committed acts of violence against another person as defined in the previous two sections. The Injunction for Protection may include, but is not limited to, provisions which restrain the abuser from further acts of violence; order the abuser to leave your household; prevent the abuser from coming to your home, school, business, or place of employment; award custody of minor children and order the abuser to pay support.
If you, your child or someone you care about is a victim of abuse, you may apply for a Temporary Injunction for Protection from the Court.