My Girlfriend Took Out A Restraining Order On Me?!

​A restraining order is created to protect people from further harm by someone who has or may, hurt you. Anyone who lives in a situation where your boyfriend or girlfriend has physically abused you or has attempted to physically abuse you; put you in fear of serious bodily injury; or made you have sexual relations against your wishes by using force or threats of force, needs to get a restraining order. A court-ordered restraining order requires your attacker to stop the abuse and to leave you alone. If your abuser violates the order, they can be arrested. The order will mandate that the abuser must stay away from you and not harass you. The order can cover any location specified by the court including your home and place of work.

You can obtain restraining order forms and instructions at your local courthouse and many shelters, hotlines, and legal services offices can also provide information on getting a restraining order. There will be no cost to obtain the order. If you cannot physically get to the courthouse, most jurisdictions will also have a way to apply over the telephone.
Many restraining orders are temporary and you may have to return to court to renew or extend the order after it expires. Even though a restraining order is a civil order and does not give the abuser a criminal record, it does cover many illegal acts including assault, burglary, threats, trespass, kidnapping, stalking and sexual assault.

If your girlfriend took out a restraining order on you, this is incredibly serious and should not be taken lightly.  You can face many damaging consequences as a result of a restraining order, including losing the right to possess firearms, restrictions on their future custody rights, and potential arrest for any violation of the order.  If your girlfriend has filed, there is nothing you can do. You are forbidden from contacting her in anyway. However, take this as a learning experience and correct your actions to become a better person for your next relationship.