Dayton, IN asked in Domestic Violence, Libel & Slander and Criminal Law for Indiana

Q: If you are the defendant in a no contact order can the victim continue to harass you?

I know the defendant can't contact the victim but what happens if the victim keeps sending voice messages and posts lies about you in your Facebook comments?

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A: In Indiana, a no-contact order generally prohibits the named defendant from contacting the protected person. However, the order doesn't automatically work both ways. If the protected person (victim) is harassing the defendant, it could be a separate issue. If you believe you are being harassed or threatened, you should document all interactions and report them to the police. It's also possible to seek a separate restraining or protective order against the person if their actions meet the criteria for harassment or stalking. Additionally, you might inform the court overseeing the no-contact order about the contact, as it may be relevant to ongoing proceedings. However, always be cautious and avoid violating the terms of the no-contact order. For personalized legal advice tailored to your unique circumstances, it's advisable to consult with an attorney.

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