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If you are worried about your safety, you can ask for a sheriff’s deputy to be present in the
courtroom. Call the court before the hearing.
f the court scheduled an Exceptional Circumstances hearing, any objections the respondent
has will be heard at that hearing.
The purpose of the hearing is to decide if the restraining order will remain in effect, and if
so, whether it will change in some way. The judge may decide not to change the order even if
both sides agree that they want the same changes.
the hearing, you must prove that you have been abused and that you are in danger of
further abuse. Be ready to give your own testimony, call witnesses, and give the judge any
evidence you have (such as photos of your injuries). In some cases, if the restraining order
stays in effect, it will be against the law for the respondent to have guns.
OW LONG DOES A RESTRAINING ORDER LAST?
A restraining order lasts for 1 year from the date the judge signed it, unless it is dismissed or
cancelled by the court.
rders can be renewed for 1 year at a time, if the judge believes you are likely still in danger.
To renew the order, you must file paperwork before the order ends. Forms to renew a
restraining order are available at the court or online (see below).
HAT CAN I DO IF THE RESPONDENT VIOLATES (DOES NOT FOLLOW)
THE RESTRAINING ORDER AFTER SERVICE?
You can call the police (call 911). The officer must arrest the respondent if the officer
believes a violation happened. If the court finds a violation, the respondent can be fined, put
on probation, or put in jail.
restraining order does not guarantee your safety. You can take other steps to stay safe. A
domestic violence or sexual assault program can help. For information about domestic
violence resources, please visit our website - www.courts.oregon.gov/dv
HAT IF I WANT TO DROP THE RESTRAINING ORDER?
You must file papers at the courthouse to ask the judge to dismiss the order. The order
remains in effect until the judge dismisses it. It is up to the judge to decide whether to
dismiss the order. It may take a few days for law enforcement to get notice of the dismissal.
CAN I CHANGE THE TERMS OF THE RESTRAINING ORDER?
Any time after a restraining order has been entered, you or the respondent can file papers to
ask the court to modify (change) or remove terms affecting custody and parenting time,
respondent’s removal from the house, respondent’s restrictions from other places, or contact
between you and the respondent. Forms to modify a restraining order are available at the
courthouse or online (see below). If you ask for a change that removes or makes a term less
restrictive, the judge may sign an order changing the terms without requiring a hearing.
Otherwise, the judge will sign an order for the other party to appear (“Order to Show