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Courts do not issue permanent restraining orders readily, but they are possible to obtain. The court must be satisfied that the woman’s fear is both reasonable and ongoing and that there is little or no reason to think that fear will end.

The success or failure of an application for a permanent restraining order rests largely with the evidence the woman presents to the court; although, of course, the judge’s understanding of violence against women, particularly post-separation violence, is also a critical factor.

To learn more, read our FAQ on the evidence required for a permanent restraining order.