A protection order is an order from a judge to protect people from domestic abuse, sexual assault, or harassment. There are three types of protection orders in Nebraska:
- Domestic Abuse Protection Order: For people who have been in close relationships (relatives, spouses or former spouses, people who have lived or are living together, etc). It is granted because someone attempted, threatened, caused bodily injury, or intimidated the other person by credible threat, or engaged in sexual contact or sexual penetration without consent.
- Harassment Protection Order: Not relationship dependent. Requires a number of telephone or personal contacts that seriously terrify, threaten, or intimidate the victim and serve no legitimate purpose.
- Sexual Assault Protection Order: Not relationship dependent. It is granted because someone subjected or attempted to subject the other person to sexual contact or sexual penetration without consent.
Not sure which protection order you need to choose, check out these frequently asked questions and/or this flowchart may help you. Some additional information can be found at the State of Nebraska Judicial Branch website. If you are still not sure or if you have additional questions regarding protection orders and/or would like assistance in filling out the petition/affidavit, please contact one of our advocates.
For additional information on preparing for a protection order hearing, you may also check out these frequently asked questions.