Restraining & Protective Orders

A violation of trust is one of the greatest challenges a person can face, especially when that violation is in the form of abuse, harassment, or exploitation. Protective Orders (commonly called Restraining Orders) are court orders that protect a person from abuse or harassment by another. Oregon has many different types of protective orders each with its own criteria. It’s important to speak with an attorney experienced in different types of protective orders to see if you meet the criteria necessary to obtain one.

Alternatively, sometimes someone you know gets a protective order against you when you do not believe the judge should have ordered it. Sometimes people get restraining orders against people to try and influence the outcome of a pending custody and parenting time case. Having a protective order against you can affect your job, your livelihood, and your relationships with other people. Tapestry has experience helping people get restraining orders dismissed. 

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with an attorney experienced in different types of protective orders to see if you meet the criteria necessary to obtain or dismiss one.

Family Abuse Prevention Act (FAPA) Order

A FAPA restraining order is a protective order for those who have been the victims of abuse at the hands of one of the following people:

  • Your current or former spouse or Registered Domestic Partner;
  • Someone you live with (or used to live with) in a sexually intimate relationship;
  • Someone with whom you had a sexually intimate relationship within the past 2 years;
  • Related to you by blood, marriage, or adoption; OR
  • The parent of your child

There are additional criteria for getting a FAPA order. If you would like help getting a FAPA order or believe someone wrongly got a FAPA order against you, schedule an appointment.

Elderly Persons and Persons with Disabilities Abuse Prevention Act (EPPDAPA) Order

An EPPDAPA protective order is a restraining order that can protect your physical and financial safety. To qualify for an EPPDAPA order, you must be:

  • 65 years of age or older;
  • A “person with disabilities” as defined by Oregon law; OR
  • You are the guardian or guardian ad litem for an elderly or disabled person who meets the eligibility requirements described above

There are additional criteria for getting an EPPDAPA order. If you would like help getting an EPPDAPA order or believe someone wrongly got an EPPDAPA order against you, schedule a consultation to learn more.

Sexual Abuse Protection Order (SAPO)

A SAPO is a type of restraining order that can protect your physical safety from someone who sexually abused or sexually assaulted you. As there are other types of protective orders you can get against them, the person who abused or assaulted you must NOT be one of the following people:

  • Current or former spouses or domestic partners;;
  • An adult with whom you live or lived in a sexual relationship;
  • An adult with whom you have been in a sexual relationship within the past two years;
  • An adult related to you by blood, marriage, or adoption; OR
  • The parent of your child

If you would like help getting a SAPO or believe someone wrongly got a SAPOr against you, you may wish to speak with an attorney who has experience with this kind of protective order.

Stalking Order

A Stalking Order is a type of restraining order that prevents a person who has made repeated and unwanted contacts with you, members of your immediate family or members of your household from continuing to make those unwanted contacts. These types of unwanted contact include:

  • Coming into visual presence;
  • Following;
  • Waiting outside the home, property, place of work or school;
  • Sending or making written or electronic communications in any form;
  • Speaking by any means;
  • Communicating through another person;
  • Committing a crime against;
  • Communicating with a third person who has some relationship to the other person with the intent of affecting the third person’s relationship with the other person;
  • Communicating with business entities with the intent of affecting some right or interest of the other person;
  • Damaging a home, property, place of work or school;
  • Delivering directly or through a third person any object to the home, property, place of work or school

If you would like help getting a stalking order or believe someone wrongly got a stalking order against you, schedule an appointment.

Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO)

An ERPO is a type of protective order that prevents a person from having, owning, purchasing, possessing, receiving, or attempting to purchase or receive a deadly weapon. You can get an ERPO if the person you are concerned about is a spouse, partner, parent, child, sibling, or roommate. An ERPO is very difficult to get and you should consult with an attorney if you have questions about whether or not your situation will qualify for an ERPO.