Proof Required for a Protective Order Involving Household Violence
A protective order is an order issued by a civil court that restricts the interactions between the supposed victim and declared abuser. State laws differ regarding the burden of proof that is needed to get such an order. However, this standard is usually much lower than the “by evidence beyond a reasonable doubt” requirement that is used in other criminal matters.
The ultimate goal of a protective order is to stop the occurrence of domestic violence. A protective order helps a victim feel much safer by restricting the interactions that he or she has with an alleged abuser. In addition, a protective order might order that the alleged abuser have no kind of contact with the victim, including in-person meetings, telephone call, e-mails or social networks contact.