Personal Protection Orders (PPOs) are issued by a court to order domestic or sexual abusers or stalkers not to harass, threaten, follow, or harm the victims. It is a crime to violate a protection order, and the person who disobeys the order may go to jail.
Local and campus police departments enforce protection orders (including orders issued by a judge in another state), if they have a copy of the order. Victims should carry a copy of the order with them at all times.
Once the victim requests a PPO, the alleged abuser may request a court hearing, which must be held within 14 days. If the court grants the PPO (with or without a hearing), it usually lasts about six months, but can be extended
Domestic violence involves abuse between two people who have:
Domestic violence is punishable by up to 93 days in jail and a $500 fine, with increasing penalties for repeat violations, or if the crime involves the use of a weapon or intent to cause serious injury or death.
Abusive conduct includes:
Stalking is a pattern of conduct that causes the target to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, threatened, harassed, or molested.
It occurs when someone repeatedly and without consent:
Stalking is punishable by up to one year's imprisonment and a $1,000 fine. A repeat stalking conviction, stalking that violates a protective order, or that involves physical threats, is punishable by up to five years' imprisonment and a $10,000 fine.