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PROTECTIVE ORDERS

An Emergency Protective Order (EPO) is a court order issued by a judge to protect people from domestic abuse, threats, harassment, and stalking.

 

If you have been physically harmed (or there has been an attempt to physically harm you), threatened, harassed, or stalked by an intimate partner, former intimate partner, family member, current or former household member, you may meet the guidelines to file for a Protective Order under Oklahoma’s Domestic Abuse Act.

 

If you have questions about your safety and whether an Emergency Protective Order is right for you, please call and speak to one of our advocates at 580-252-4357.

You can also contact the Oklahoma SafeLine at 1.800.522.SAFE (7233). If you are in immediate danger or in a life-threatening situation, please call 911.

SEXUAL ASSAULT

If you the victim of a sexual assault, you are entitled to a forensic medical exam with a trained sexual assault nurse examiner. To schedule a sexual assault exam, call our 24-hour crisis line to speak to an advocate or you can go to the emergency department at Duncan Regional Hospital.

STALKING

The stalking log should be used to record and document all stalking-related behavior, including harassing phone calls, text messages, letters, e-mail messages, acts of vandalism, and threats communicated through third parties. When reporting the incidents to law enforcement, always write down the officer’s name and badge number for your own records. Even if the officers do not make an arrest, you can ask them to make a written report and request a copy for your records.

If you are a victim of stalking, it can be critical to maintain a log of stalking-related incidents and behavior, especially if you choose to engage with the criminal or civil justice systems. Recording this information will help to document the behavior for protection order applications, divorce and child custody cases, or criminal prosecution. It can also help preserve your memory of individual incidents about which you might later report or testify.  Download SPARC- Stalking log

SAFETY PLANNING

A safety plan is a personalized, practical plan to improve your safety while experiencing abuse, preparing to leave an abusive situation, or after you leave. This plan includes vital information tailored to your unique situation and will help you prepare for and respond to different scenarios, including telling your friends and family about your situation, preparing your children, coping with emotions, and various resources suited to your individual circumstances. To work with an Advocate to create a safety plan call our office at 580-252-4357.

For more information on safety planning, including an interactive plan that you can create online, visit The National Domestic Violence Hotline.