There are 2 kinds of No Contact Orders:
An Emergency No Contact Order is good for 14 to 21 days. It may be extended for longer until a hearing takes place for a Plenary No Contact Order (see below).
A person can get an Emergency No Contact Order without their stalker, abuser or assailant knowing about it. The order will tell the abuser when to come to court.
The survivor can file for this order if they think that the stalker or abuser will continue to hurt them before the hearing for a Plenary No Contact Order.
A Plenary No Contact Order may be good for up to 2 years. To get one, a survivor must talk to a judge at a hearing. The survivor can bring a lawyer, or a rape crisis advocate for support. Also, the stalker or abuser must be notified of the hearing before the order can be granted.
If the abuser is convicted of stalking or sexual assault in a criminal trial, the No Contact Order will be permanent.