What is a Sexual Abuse Protective Order?
A sexual abuse protective order (SAPO) is a court order that tells the person who hurt you (Respondent) to leave you and your family alone. It can order the Respondent not to enter a reasonable area around your residence. You can ask the judge to add other conditions (listed in the protective order) that you think will help keep you safe.
For information on:
- Obtaining a sexual abuse protective order
- Modifying a sexual abuse protective order
- Renewing a sexual abuse protective order
Click HERE to be directed to the Oregon Judicial Department’s website where you can find instructions and forms.
Who Can Help Me Decide Whether To Ask For a SAPO?
You can call your local Victims’ Assistance Program (VAP) or community-based (non-profit) sexual assault or domestic violence program to get help in deciding whether to ask the court for a SAPO and to do safety planning. Advocates can discuss information that may be important for you to consider in deciding whether to seek a SAPO. For information regarding sexual violence resources, please ask court staff for information about resources or visit the following websites:
Statewide listing of Sexual Violence Resources and Programs: http://oregonsatf.org/help-for survivors/
Statewide listing of Victims’ Assistance Programs: http://www.doj.state.or.us/victims/Pages/assistance.aspx.
Statewide listing of Nonprofit Advocacy Programs: http://www.ocadsv.com/looking-help.
Also, if you have questions about how the law works or what it means, talking to a lawyer may be helpful. If you need help finding a lawyer, you may call the Oregon State Bar’s Lawyer Referral Service at 503-684-3763 or 800-452-7636. If you believe you cannot afford a lawyer, ask court staff if your area has a legal services (legal aid) program that might help you. You also can go to: www.oregonlawhelp.org..