A Brief Guide to Connecticut Protective Orders
Unfortunately, there are times when people need protection from family members or others who wish to do them harm. In Connecticut, these types of protection are known broadly as Protective Orders. Connecticut law provides for three different types of protective orders: Protective Orders, Relief from Abuse, and Civil Restraining Orders. Each type of order is designed for different circumstances; however, violation of any order is a Class D felony.
Protective orders are only available through the criminal courts, concerning a criminal case. When issued, the period of protection lasts until the end of the criminal case; this includes any time the accused spends in jail or on probation.
These types of orders are available to victims in two circumstances: first, if the individual is a victim of stalking, and second, if the person was a victim of family abuse that led to the arrest of the abuser.
3 Types of Protective Orders
There are three types of protective orders:
- Full No-Contact – A full no-contact order prohibits all interactions between the abuser and the victim.
- Full or Residential Stay-Away – A full or residential stay-away permits some contact between the abuser and the victim, as long as the contact does not occur in the victim’s home or at their place of employment.
- Limited or Partial Protective Order – A limited or partial protective order allows for contact between the abuser and the victim, as long as the contact is non-threatening or non-intimidating.
Relief from Abuse
A Relief from Abuse order is a civil order, meaning that there does not have to be a criminal case involved in order for the order to be granted. A victim can file for a Relief from Abuse order at the superior court of the judicial district in which they or the abuser lives.
Relief from Abuse orders are issued to individuals who are in immediate danger of harm from either another family member or someone with whom they have a romantic relationship. These orders generally last for up to one year.
The Relief from Abuse order is available in the same three different types of protective orders discussed above.
Civil Restraining Order
Civil Restraining Orders are issued by civil courts and, as such, are not dependent on criminal charges. A Civil Restraining Order can be obtained by an individual who has been the victim of stalking, sexual abuse, or sexual assault. The accused does not have to be a family member in order for the victim to receive this type of order. The order typically lasts for one year.
To obtain a Civil Restraining Order, the victim can file both an “Application for Civil Restraining Order” form and an “Affidavit – Civil Protection Order” form with a Clerk at the Superior Court. Both forms must be signed and notarized.
Helping to protect Connecticut families
At McConnell Family Law Group, we understand the urgency and seriousness of violent or threatening behavior and are dedicated to helping our clients obtain the protection they need to feel safe. For more information on how we can help you get a protective order, please visit us online at www.mcconnellfamilylaw.com.