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QUESTION 3
Are you being hurt, stalked or
threatened by:
your
spouse
; your husband or
wife;
your
former spouse
;
your
ex-husband or ex-wife;
your
parent or child
;
your
relative
;
anyone who is related to you by
blood or marriage, whether or not
you live together (If you are being
abused by a relative, you and the
abusive relative must be at least
18 years old to get a restraining
order);
a
household member
;
anyone 16 years of age or older
who is living with you and is not
related by blood or marriage;
a
former household member
;
anyone 16 years of age or older
who used to live with you and is
not related by blood or marriage;
your
child’s other parent;
whether or not you are living
together;
your
boyfriend or girlfriend
anyone with whom you are in or
having recently been in a dating
relationship.
You must fit into one of these
categories to be eligible for a
restraining order.
If you have answered YES to
questions 1, 2, and 3,
then you
have met the requirements for a
restraining order. Go to the next
section for a step-by-step
explanation of how to apply for a
restraining order.
If you have answered NO to
questions 1, 2, and 3,
then you
are not eligible under law to get a
restraining order. Review any
options you may have under the
criminal law (described in the
first part of the
Guide
) and call
your local domestic violence
agency for information and
support. Remember, if you are
under 16, and you are being hurt
or abused, you should tell your
parents, teacher, friend, a lawyer,
DCF, or someone else you trust,
and ask them to help you get the
protection you need.