The proof required for a restraining order (also known as a protective order or an order of protection) varies depending on the jurisdiction and the specific circumstances of the case. In general, however, the person seeking the restraining order must provide evidence to show that they have a reasonable fear of harm or that they have been the victim of abuse or harassment.
This evidence may include:
- Police reports or witness statements: If the person seeking the restraining order has been the victim of physical violence, sexual assault, or other crimes, they may have filed a police report or have witnesses who can corroborate their story.
- Medical records or photographs: If the person seeking the restraining order has been injured, they may have medical records or photographs that show the extent of their injuries.
- Text messages, emails, or other written communication: If the person seeking the restraining order has been the victim of harassment or threats, they may have copies of text messages, emails, or other written communication that can be used as evidence.
- Testimony from the person seeking the restraining order: The person seeking the restraining order may also be able to provide testimony about their experiences and the impact that the abuse or harassment has had on their life.
It’s important to note that restraining orders are serious legal actions and should not be taken lightly. If you are considering seeking a restraining order, it’s a good idea to speak with an attorney or a domestic violence advocate to understand the process and the specific requirements in your jurisdiction.