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Types of Orders - Domestic Violence

THE SOCIAL CONTACT ORDER OF PROTECTION

This is the simplest of the three orders of protection.  It allows the plaintiff and defendant to be together, if they choose, but prohibits the defendant from committing any of the seven forms of abuse:

  • Violence
  • Threats of violence
  • Malicious destruction of property
  • Holding against the will
  • Placing in fear
  • Stalking
  • Sexual Assault

THE NO CONTACT ORDER OF PROTECTION

The no contact order of protection prohibits the seven forms of abuse above, and also prohibits the defendant from coming about the plaintiff (coming within eyeshot of the plaintiff, where ever she/he may be).  That means at home, at work, on the public streets, or anywhere else.  It prohibits driving by the plaintiff's home, her/his job site, or any place where she/he is.

Exchange of children is done by the agent of the receiving parent, or one parent takes children to school/daycare and other parent picks the children up at the end of school day.


"THE CHINESE WALL"  ORDER OF PROTECTION

This order of protection is the same as the no contact order of protection, but additionally prohibits all forms of communication from the defendant to the plaintiff.  No telephone calls, mail, fax, pager messages, e-mail, or messages sent through third persons.  Of course, messages via attorney-to-attorney contact are acceptable. 

Exchange of children is done by the agent of the receiving parent, or one parent takes children to school/daycare and other parent picks children up at end of school day.

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Knoxville, TN 37902

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