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How can I protect myself or someone else from domestic abuse?

You can ask the court to help protect you, your minor child, or a minor child in your care from domestic abuse. The court does this with a “Protective Order.”

“You” means you, your minor child, or a minor child legally in your care (also called a “ward” or “protected person”). If you need help with this process, you should contact an attorney. Additional places to get help are on page 6.

You or the person you are seeking protection from (the defendant) must live in Iowa.

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