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What if the defendant does not obey the Protective Order?

If the defendant does not obey the Protective Order, you can:

  • Call law enforcement by dialing 911.
  • Call the Iowa Victim Service Call Center Hotline at 1.800.770.1650, text IOWAHELP to 20121, or go to www.survivorshelpline.org.
  • Tell the court about the violation by filing an “Affidavit to Start Contempt Proceedings” with the clerk of court. This free form is available on the Iowa Judicial Branch website or from the clerk of court.

If you need help, see “What if I do not understand how to do this?”

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