Stalking Orders of Protection
Civil orders of protection for victims of stalking are increasingly becoming available across the United States. Nearly two dozen states and territories have orders available specific to stalking or harassment victims. In many other states, stalking is included under domestic violence orders of protection. This chart
details in which states and territories someone experiencing stalking may be able to obtain an order of protection and what needs to be shown for each.
Published by the International Association of Chiefs of Police
In 1994, Congress enacted the full faith and credit provisions of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) [18 U.S.C. § 2265-66]. The federal law directs jurisdictions to give full faith and credit to valid orders of protection issued by other jurisdictions. This guidebook presents information on the full faith and credit provisions and answers frequently asked questions about protection orders, enforcement of orders, and liability.
This publication is known as the CPO Guide. The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ)
, in partnership with the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women developed the CPO Guide as a tool designed to support the work of professionals dedicated to enhancing the effectiveness of the civil protection order process. It provides guidance for advocates, attorneys, judges, law enforcement personnel, and prosecutors to help ensure that protection orders are effectively issued, served, and enforced across the country.
This page provides general information about laws related to stalking in the various jurisdictions of the United States. The SRC makes every effort to ensure that this information is kept as up to date as possible. However, any legal information presented on our website should not be construed to be a source of legal advice. If you need legal advice on a stalking case, please consult a comptent attorney in your jurisdiction.