A Civil Order of Protection and Relief from Abuse
Any familly or household member subjected to a continuous present physical threat of physical pain, injury or stalking or a pattern of threatening can seek a restraining order from the Superior Court.
The courts take these matters very seriously. The judge is being asked to protect a person and to restrain the liberty of another. Because of this they tend to strictly follow the statute, 46b-15, in evaluating the evidence.
In emergency cases, the court can issue a temporary order based on the application filed without having to hold a hearing first (an ex parte order). The court will then order a hearing in a short period of time to give the other party a chance to be heard and will determine if the order stays in place.