Definition of Order for Protection
An order for protection (OFP) is a court order that will help to protect you from domestic abuse. An OFP tells the person abusing you to stop harming or threatening you. Domestic abuse is defined as any of the following conduct between family or household members: physical harm, injury, assault, rape, terrorist threats, or making a person fearful of harm, injury or assault. Examples include hitting, kicking, pushing, punching, slapping, pulling hair, choking, holding you down, threatening to harm or kill you or the children, forcing sex or any sexual contact with a child.
Persons seeking an OFP in Anoka County should come to the Family Court area of Anoka County Court Administration. Forms completion may take at least an hour. Court staff cannot provide legal assistance or give legal advice. If an individual chooses to be self-represented, that individual will have the same responsibility as an attorney to follow court rules and procedures to move the case forward.