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Restraining orders

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The forms assistant can assist you in electronically filling out a petition for restraining order for domestic abuse or harassment. You will be asked a series of questions in an interview, and your answers will automatically be entered on the restraining order petition, also known as a petition for injunction/temporary restraining order. A confidential address information sheet will also be generated; this form must be filed with the petition.

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Types of restraining orders

Wisconsin has four different types of restraining orders, each with different rules relating to who can file and what type of conduct must be alleged:

Domestic abuse. Domestic abuse may occur between adult family or household members, by an adult caregiver against an adult who is under the caregiver's care, between former spouses, between adults who have or had a dating relationship, or between adults who have a child together. As described in Wisconsin Stat. ยง 813.12(1)(am), types of behavior that constitute domestic abuse include:

Harassment. The definition of harassment is much broader than that of domestic abuse. Behavior considered harassment under Wisconsin law includes:

Child abuse. Under Wisconsin law, behavior that qualifies as child abuse includes, but is not limited to:

Individual at risk. An individual at risk is an adult with a physical or mental condition that substantially impairs the ability to care for his/her needs, OR an elder over 60, who is experiencing or at risk of experiencing the following behavior:


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