Many people are confused about the differences between an Order of Protection, a Restraining Order and a No-Contact Order.
Order of Protection:
If you are being physically harmed or threatened, you need an Order of Protection. With an Order of
Protection, the police can arrest your abuser if he or she violates the order. You do not have to pay anything, and you don’t need an attorney to get an Order of Protection.
If you are getting a divorce, you may ask the judge to issue a Restraining Order, which prevents one spouse from selling the marital property in a divorce and from harassing or bothering the other. A restraining order does not adequately protect you if you are being physically harmed or threatened. You can have an Order of Protection and a Restraining Order at the same time.
A criminal court issues a No Contact Order in criminal cases against an abuser as a condition of release from jail.