Q: Can I get a restraining order filed against my ex? And how do I start the process?
It's been over a month since I left my ex boyfriend of 2 years. We we're living together and I moved out, staying on my friends couch for now. After several times of telling him to leave me alone, he persists. I have blocked him on everything - my phone, email, social media. For him to create a new email to send me threatening messages until I block that one. He has showed up at my door unannounced, threatening my life and the lives of those I care about. Saying he will "murder" my "new boyfriend." He will "ruin" my life by sending coworkers and family lewd pictures he has of me, etc. One day when I refused to answer the door, he left a note on card board saying he would be back every few hours until I talked to him, threatening to physically harm "whoever I'm sleeping with." Everytime he manages to get a hold of me, I reply with "please leave me alone," "don't contact me again or I will get the police involved," etc - If respond at all. I saved most threatening messages.
A: While it is possible to pursue a civil protection order, the best approach is usually to contact the your local police about the harassment. If they find an incidence of domestic violence (note: DV charges do not necessarily require physical harm if threats of physical violence are concrete), an automatic (and temporary) protection order is granted. DV charges can also occur AFTER an incident occurs. If conviction occurs, it is possible to modify the mandatory PO into a permanent. Until action is take, make sure to preserve all evidence of your ex's actions.
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