An Overview of Protection Order Statutes Across the Nation

Amanda K. Burgess-Proctor, Michigan State University
Christina DeJong, Michigan State University

The purpose of this investigation is to evaluate protection order statutes across the nation. Research indicates that protection orders have become a common resource for victims of domestic violence. As such, the authors plan to examine the history of protection order legislation in each state, as well as the current status of state protection order laws (e.g., whether they are covered under civil statutes, criminal statutes, or a combination of both). After data collection is completed, the information will be compiled and analyzed for the purposes of providing a comprehensive overview of protection order statutes across the nation.

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Updated 05/20/2006