An OFP is not a criminal case, it is a civil case. An OFP is a legal paper that orders someone not to hurt you. However, if that person chooses to hurt or contact you, you are advised to contact the police immediately. When you file for an OFP, criminal charges are not pressed, but if that person violates the OFP and a police report is made, criminal charges may be pressed against the violator of the order (the person hurting you).
1. Someone has committed domestic violence/abuse against you. The State of Minnesota defines domestic abuse as any of the following five behaviors:
2. The person who committed domestic abuse against you is any of the following:
For more information about how to file for an Order for Protection, please call the Minnesota Day One Crisis Line, 1.866.223.1111.