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: