Who May File for Protection from Abuse

In order for the court to have the authority to consider and grant a Protection From Abuse Order, the acts of abuse must occur between either adults or minors who have the following types of relationship:
  • Child of defendant
  • Child of Plaintiff
  • Current or former cohabitant of defendant
  • Current or former sexual or intimate partner with defendant
  • Family member related by blood (consanguinity) to defendant
  • Family member related by marriage or affinity to defendant
  • Parent of child with defendant
  • Sibling of defendant
  • Spouse or former spouse of defendant