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Who can ask for protection?

If you are 18 or older, you can ask for protection for:

  • Yourself from an intimate partner or family member with a “Petition for Relief from Domestic Abuse.”
  • Your child who is under age 18 whose intimate partner is harming the child with a “Petition for Relief from Domestic Abuse on Behalf of a Minor.”
  • A child who is legally in your care, sometimes called a “ward” or “protected person,” who is harmed by the person’s intimate partner or family member with a “Petition for Relief from Domestic Abuse on Behalf of a Ward.”

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