Because protective orders commonly arise in the context of domestic violence situations, both victims of domestic violence and those accused of domestic violence may wonder what protective orders are. In Colorado, a protective order, or restraining order, is a legal tool used to protect one individual from the harmful actions of another. Protective orders can be used to protect against physical harm and threats.
Protective orders commonly restrict the harmful actions of one individual against another and prevent one individual from approaching another. Because an individual may also have a protective order placed against them concerning their children, it is important for those accused of domestic violence to understand protective orders. Protective orders also remove the accused individual from the home and require the accused party to remain a certain distance from the home, workplace and public places commonly frequented by the party awarded the protective order.