An order of protection is a legal document issued by a judge. It tells the person committing the crime to stop violent, harassing behavior towards the victim. It can also limit the person’s communications with the crime victim.

If you get an order of protection in NY, it is good anywhere in the state. It can be enforced even if you travel or move to another state. NY must also enforce valid orders from other US states or territories. This means that if you received your order from another state, our courts and police must enforce that order.

An order of protection can require the person harming you to:

  • Stay away from you and your children
  • Stop harming you and your children
  • Limit contact with you and your children
  • Move out of your home
  • Give up any firearms
  • Attend substance abuse programs
  • Pay for the damages they caused you
  • Pay for your medical expenses
  • Not harm pets
  • Return your identification papers and other documents
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Last Reviewed: November 6, 2023