If your relationship with the abuser does not allow you to file a Family Court petition, you must seek relief in the Criminal Court. The procedure for obtaining an order of protection in a Criminal Court is completely different than in Family Court. In Criminal Court, the District Attorney, based on an arrest, must bring a criminal case against your abuser for you to obtain an order of protection. The order will be temporary, and you will receive it in the mail. If your abuser is convicted of a criminal offense against you, the temporary order of protection can be made “permanent.” For more information about a Criminal Court order of protection, contact the Westchester County Domestic Violence & Child Abuse Bureau or Attorney’s Office at (914) 995-3000.
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