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You may hear people talk about “Restraining Orders.” These are not the same as protection orders. Restraining Orders are usually part of a divorce case, are not enforced by the police, and have little value in a dangerous situation. Read the terms carefully if you receive one.
There are different kinds of Protection Orders available to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. Depending on who the perpetrator is, what happened, and other factors, there are differences in where, when and how you seek these orders, what they do, and how long they last. The charts below provide basic information on each, and then detailed information follows. Ohio has jurisdiction over these cases as long as some of the acts occurred in Ohio, regardless of where the perpetrator lives. In Protection Order cases, the person who files the motion for the Protection Order is the “Petitioner” and the accused perpetrator is the “Respondent.”
Legal Assistance for Survivors
The Ohio Domestic Violence Network has provided a legal assistance program since 2010 to provide legal services to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking who cannot be assisted through traditional legal aid programs. Using a panel of vetted attorneys from around Ohio working on a reduced fee basis, ODVN assists eligible survivors whose income is at or below 225% of the federal poverty level. Attorneys help with a wide range of legal needs including divorce, parenting time, protection orders, immigration, housing, employment, and other issues. Survivors are screened and referred in by trained advocates at a range of programs including domestic violence shelters and programs, anti-poverty organizations, rape crisis centers, and culturally specific programs around Ohio.
ODVN also conducts outreach to serve marginalized survivors who are incarcerated, returning from prison, homeless and runaway youth, and low-income women of color. Our legal program is funded by a variety of private and public sources. ODVN’s legal program also assists incarcerated battered women through a variety of strategies including clemency, parole education, and Self Help Legal Manuals for women in prison. These efforts have been generously funded by the Ohio State Bar Foundation.
ODVN’s legal program also convenes a legal advocacy caucus for legal advocates and develops and provides materials and training on an ongoing basis to support the work of legal advocates. We also provide continuing legal education events for attorneys in Ohio.
To seek legal assistance, please contact your local domestic violence program or rape crisis center.
Women Helping Women Cincinnati 513-381-5610
YWCA of Greater Cincinnati Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Services 513-872-9259
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