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What are the different types of protection orders in Nebraska?

While you may have heard of a protection order before, you may not be aware of who's eligible to file for one. They can be requested by virtually any victim of sexual or any other type of abuse or harassment. There are three different types of them that can be taken out in Nebraska.

The most often-requested type of protection order in Nebraska is for domestic abuse. Victims who share a close relationship with the perpetrator either threatening or committing violent acts against the victim may petition a judge to have him or her issue a Domestic Abuse Protection Order (DAPO).

Those who request DAPOs don't have to necessarily be in a romantic relationship with the perpetrator. They can instead be mere relatives with him or her or living in the same home. DAPOs are generally ordered by judges in instances in which it can be proven that the victim was subjected to threats, attempted or actual bodily harm or that he or she was forced into having sexual contact against his or her will.

A Sexual Assault Protection Order (SAPO) can be requested by a victim who is not related to or lives separately from the perpetrator of such acts.

The third type of protection order that exists in Nebraska is for harassment. Like the SAPO, it's able to be filed by a victim against someone who doesn't share a personal relationship with. In order to be eligible to file a Harassment Protection Order, an individual must be able to prove that he or she was seriously intimidated, threatened or otherwise terrorized by either personal or phone contact for no valid reason.

If you've been subjected to threats or acts of violence at the hands of someone else, then an Omaha attorney can advise you of the next steps you should take in your legal matter.

Source: State of Nebraska Judicial Branch, "Filing for a protection order: Frequently asked questions," accessed June 07, 2018

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