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Protective Orders are most commonly used when a person is involved in a domestic violence situation. Some of the requirements for a protective order are: parties are or have been married; cohabitated together; have a child in common or are related by blood. A protective order may allow you to put certain restrictions against this person. Other requirements may be necessary and you may call Victim Services to find out if you meet the qualifications. Forms are also available at www.utcourts.gov.  
Child Protective Orders are issued by the Juvenile Court, located in the 5th District Court building. A parent, grandparent, immediate relative or guardian may apply for this order. Suspected child physical or sexual abuse is the determining factors for this order. Certain restrictions may be available against the suspect person through one of these orders.  
It is not against the law for the petitioner on a protective order to make contact with the respondent. However, the court issues a protective order on the basis that the petitioner wants no contact with the respondent or is afraid of them and the court does not look favorably on such behavior.
The first thing you need to do is make a police report to your local police agency. An officer or a detective will meet with you and make arrangements for an interview to be conducted at The Children's Justice Center. Another option available may be to file for a Child Protective Order with 5th District Juvenile Court. Forms are available on the court web site or you can contact Victim Services at the St. George Police Department for assistance.
Victim Services at the St. George Police Department has a Court Book that will answer most of your questions about the process. You can come by the station and we will be happy to provide you with a copy of this booklet.
If you have told the person at least two times to leave you alone, you have saved some of the messages, there have been threats made, you are in fear for your safety, you may qualify for a Stalking Injunction. You can find more information about this at www.utcourts.gov. You can also call or go into Victim Services at the St. George Police Department and victim advocates will be able to assist you and answer your questions.
You may obtain a copy of your police report at the St. George Police Department, 265 North 200 East, St. George, UT. Bring your incident number and photo ID, Monday through Friday, 8:00 � 5:00 PM. Information about the process that occurs after the report is made may be obtained by calling Victim Services at 627-4399 during the same hours.
You are always welcome at the court hearings but your presence is not required. The only time it is mandatory for you to attend is when you receive a subpoena to attend. 
The Victim Services Unit at the St. George Police Department attends many of the court hearings and an advocate will be happy to inform you of the hearing results. Get in touch with their office and discuss this with an advocate.
If you live within the City of St. George, or the crime occurred in the city, contact Victim Services at the St. George Police Department. Victim Advocates will be able to help you determine if you may qualify for a Protective Order and can assist you in completing the application.
In Utah, a restraining order must be filed by an attorney, in conjunction with another case of some type that is going through the courts. You may find that a Protective Order or a Stalking Injunction will accomplish what you need.
The website, www.washingtoncountysheriff has a booking site that shows the arrests for the previous 48 hours. There is also inmate information available, as well as answers to many other questions pertaining to the jail.  
If you have been a victim and the suspect has been arrested and is going through the court system, you have the right to present a Victim Impact Statement. This is usually presented in writing to the judge and the prosecuting attorney and forms to guide you are available from Victim Services. In very special cases, victims will sometimes be allowed to make an in person statement at the time of sentencing. Victim Impact statements are usually presented to the court at the time of sentencing. It is important to prepare your statement early so that if the case is resolved, your statement will be available.
If someone is harassing you by phone, texting, emails, by following you or making threats to you, you may qualify for a Stalking Injunction. These are issued by 5th District Court and forms are available at www.utcourts.gov or from Victim Services at the St. George Police Department.

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