Types of court-issued protective orders
In the state of Oregon, there are three types of court-issued protective orders that pertain specifically to survivors of violence.
How to request a protective order
If you are unfamiliar with the civil-legal justice process, we recommend connecting with an advocate in your community. They can help guide you in this process and have experience and training working with survivors of abuse in the courts system.
The Oregon Judicial Department has recently made its Family Abuse Protection Act (FAPA) forms available online, which you can now pre-fill and print before going to the county courthouse. You'll still need to file the paperwork and provide any additional testimony in person, but this new resource promises to help speed up the process. Please use a SAFE COMPUTER to access and fill out these forms.
Jonathan Gates, the Coalition's Social Media & Events Coordinator, has written about the intersections of FAPA online forms and technology safety; see the February 2015 issue of our newsletter.
Enforcing a protective order
Violating the terms of a court-issued order of protection is a CRIME. The specific terms and conditions of the protective order are spelled out based upon the circumstances which led to its issuance, and these terms must be adhered to by all named parties.
*** If the terms of a court-issued protective order are being violated and/or you are in danger, call 9-1-1 immediately. ***
Out-of-state protective orders
Orders for protection issued by ANY COURT IN THE STATE OF OREGON are effective and fully-enforceable throughout the state. For example, a valid (i.e.: not expired or revoked/rescinded) protective order issued by the Marion County Circuit Court in Salem will be honored and is fully-enforcable in The Dalles.
Protective orders from outside the state MAY NOT be enforceable in Oregon, in some cases. There are numerous factors at play, including data-sharing relationships between the issuing court and your current locale (or the lack thereof), pre-established extradition agreements (or the lack thereof), and differences in categorizations of criminal activity, among others.
If your current protective order was issued outside Oregon, we strongly recommend contacting the issuing jurisdiction as printed on your protective order paperwork, then your local law enforcement agency to confirm. In some cases, especially if you are relocating to Oregon, it may be safer and easier to apply for a new order of protection from an Oregon court.