December 7, 2007, Newsletter Issue #160: Obtaining a restraining order

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To be eligible for a restraining order, you, as the petitioner or person who has been abused or threatened must have at least one of the following relationships with the abuser, who is referred to as the respondent by the court:

current or former spouse

related by blood, marriage or adoption

living together in a sexually intimate relationship, now or in the past

in a sexually intimate relationship within the past two years

unmarried parents of a minor child.

In addition, you must have been the victim of abuse or threats of abuse within the last 180 days and be in danger of further abuse

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