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How can you file a Protection Order?
If you have experienced domestic violence, we highly encourage you to consider obtaining a protection order.
A Protection Order is a document issued by a court and signed by a judge to help protect you from harassment or abuse. In an Order of Protection, a judge can set limits on your partner's behavior. Among other things, a judge can:
- Order your partner to stop abusing you and your children
- Tell your partner to leave and stay away from your home, your workplace and your family
- Direct your partner to have no contact with you—including no phone calls, letters, emails or messages through other people
- Order your partner to stay away from the children, their babysitter, day care or school
Although a protection order is not a guarantee that abusive behavior will stop, protection orders have been proven to be relatively effective in domestic violence situations. There is no fee to get a Protection Order and they can be granted for up to 5 years.
South Dakota has two types of protection order forms:
For each type of protection order, you must complete the following:
- Petitioner Information Form (UJS-090B)
- Respondent Information Form (UJS-090C)
- Petition Form (UJS-091A)
We know these forms can be very confusing and overwhelming. If you would like assistance in completing these forms, come to Children's Inn or call us at 605-338-4880 for help.
Otherwise, download our checklist to ensure you have completed the Protection Order forms as accurately as possible.
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