So you have a Protection Order - What Now?
You have a protection order in your hands. What do you do now?
Keep It Close.If you have come this far, this means that the court was convinced that a protection order is necessary in order to keep you and/or your children safe.
Keep a copy of your protection order on you at all times. Keep one in your car, in your bag (briefcase, purse or backpack), and somewhere easily accessible in your home and any other address listed as protected on your protection order.
Share It.This is particularly important if your children are listed on the protection order. If your children are on your protection order, you should provide copies to their school(s) and/or any childcare providers. You should provide a copy for anyone who is caring for your children at any time, even if only for a brief period of time. This may feel embarrassing. If you have convinced a court that your children should be listed on a protection order, however, it is probably necessary in order to ensure their safety.
Use It.A protection order is only as strong as your willingness to enforce its terms. If the restrained person violates the protection order, in any way, you should pick up the phone, call the police, and report the violation, no matter how trivial the violation may seem to you at the time.