Enforce your restraining order

Now that you have a civil harassment restraining order, you may need to enforce it if the restrained person violates the order. Enforce usually means to call the police to report a violation. The restrained person can go to jail or pay a fine if convicted of violating your restraining order.

Call 9-1-1 if you want the police to enforce your restraining order.


Keep a copy on you at all times

You should have a copy of form CH-130 with you at all times. If you have a phone, use your phone to take a picture of all the pages so you always have proof of it. 

Give copies of the order to other people who may need it

If you want other people to know about your restraining order and help you enforce it, give them a copy. Here are some examples:

  • Your employer, if you are worried about being harassed or abused at work.
  • Your child's school or childcare, if your restraining order protects your child.
  • Local Police Department: You can give a paper copy to your local police department. This is optional because all law enforcement have access to restraining orders through a law enforcement database.
This may mean that your restraining order has not been entered into a law enforcement database, known as CLETS. The first step is to see if your restraining order has been signed by a judge and filed in your case. Check with your local Self-Help Center for help.

Find help or resources for sexual assault or stalking

There are resources to help you if you've experienced sexual assault or stalking. 

For information and help with safety planning, contact:

Get help if your restraining order is violated

Call 9-1-1 if you want the police to enforce your restraining order.

Your restraining order is enforceable (will be honored) in all 50 states and U.S. territories, the District of Columbia (D.C.), and all tribal lands.


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