Domestic Violence, Stalking or Sexual Assault
You can petition for a protective order during regular court hours. The Anchorage court has extended hours at the Boney Courthouse, 303 K St., for protective order petitions Monday – Friday 8 am – 8 pm, Saturday and Sunday noon – 8 pm. Before you go, during the COVID-19 pandemic, read changes to the process in the Anchorage Court and for other court locations. Outside Anchorage, read information about petitioning for protective orders outside of regular court hours (Friday noon – Monday 8 am and holidays). You can also contact local law enforcement to ask them to help you request an emergency protective order, which if granted will be in effect for 72 hours.
There are 3 different types of protective orders (also called restraining orders) that can prohibit certain kinds of behavior, including contacting the person who requested the protective order:
- domestic violence protective orders
- stalking protective orders, and
- sexual assault protective orders
Which order to ask for depends on whether you have a specific relationship defined in the law with the other side and what actions the other side took toward you that causes you fear and makes you feel like you need protection.
Please read the Quick Reference information to understand the different types of protective orders:
QUICK REFERENCE – Domestic Violence, Stalking and Sexual Assault Protective Orders
A history of domestic violence between you and the other parent can affect the custody or visitation arrangement for your children. The law presumes that the parent who committed the domestic violence might not get custody and visitation unless he or she meets certain requirements. These may include completing a batterer’s intervention or substance abuse treatment program. To find domestic violence, the law does not require the existence of a protective order or criminal charges. The divorce or custody judge may ask about domestic violence. If there has been domestic violence, you should talk with a lawyer about how this law will impact your case. Read the statute at: AS 25.24.150(g)-(j).
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If you or someone in your family is a victim of domestic violence, you are urged to contact your local shelter to speak to an advocate, or visit the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence website for information about resources and safety planning. If you are in the Mat-Su valley, Alaska Family Services provides shelter for women and children and counseling. Please call 746-4080 or toll free at 1-866-746-4080 to speak with the crisis intervention coordinator/legal advocate or go to 1825 S. Chugach St. in Palmer.
This video explains how to apply for a domestic violence protective order in an Alaska state court. It discusses how to represent yourself at your hearing for a long-term (one-year) order and how to plan for your safety. It also highlights issues that you need to think about if you have children. For more information about protective orders, please read: How to Represent Yourself in Alaska's Domestic Violence Protective Order Process, PUB-22. You can also call the Family Law Self Help Center at (907) 264-0851 (in Anchorage) or toll-free (866) 279-0851 (outside Anchorage but in Alaska).
Este video está en Español y explica cómo solicitar una orden de protección de violencia doméstica en la corte del Estado de Alaska. El video explica cómo representarse a usted mismo en la audiencia para una orden de largo plazo (un año) y cómo planear su seguridad. También pone de relieve hechos en los que usted tiene que pensar si tiene niños. Para más información sobre órdenes de protección, por favor lea: "Como Representarse En El Proceso de Una Orden de Protección de Violencia Doméstica de Alaska", PUB-22S. Usted también puede llamar al Centro de Ayuda de Leyes de Familia al (907) 264-0851 (en Anchorage) o llamar gratis al (866) 279-0851 (afuera de Anchorage, pero en Alaska).
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This video explains in Yup’ik how to apply for a domestic violence protective order in an Alaska state court. It discusses how to represent yourself at your hearing for a long-term (one-year) order and how to plan for your safety. It also highlights issues that you need to think about if you have children. For more information about protective orders, please read: How to Represent Yourself in Alaska's Domestic Violence Protective Order Process, PUB-22. You can also call the Family Law Self Help Center at (907) 264-0851 (in Anchorage) or toll-free (866) 279-0851 (outside Anchorage but in Alaska).
Information for Petitioners About Requesting a Domestic Violence Protective Order - Forms and Instructions
To learn how to get a protective order in Alaska, read
- How to Represent Yourself in Alaska's Domestic Violence Protective Order Process, PUB-22
- Cómo Representarse En El Proceso De Una Orden De Protección De Violencia Doméstica De Alaska, PUB-22S
- Step-By-Step DV Protective Orders Flow Chart, SHC-3200 Word | PDF
Request a Domestic Violence Protective Order
There are 2 options for forms to request a protective order from the court:
You can use the electronic wizard to fill out a domestic violence, stalking, or sexual assault civil protective order in Alaska. You may use paper forms in Option 2 if you prefer not to use the wizard.
- DV-150 Instructions for Requesting a Protective Order
Available Languages: English | عربي - انجليزي | عربى | 한글 | Pусский | Fa’asamoa | Español | Tagalog
- Petition for Protective Order
- Request for Service of Domestic Violence Documents
- Confidential Law Enforcement Information Sheet, DV-127
(Note: this form is included in the Petitions for Protective Order, DV-100 ONE and DV-100 MULTI, so you don’t need to print out again if you have printed the Petition)
Form to ask the court to modify, extend or dissolve an order:
- Request to Modify Protective Order
- Response to Request to Modify or Dissolve Protective Order – DV-140, One Petitioner | Multiple Petitioner
- Request to Extend Protective Order
- Response to Request to Modify or Dissolve Protective Order – DV-140, One Petitioner | Multiple Petitioner
Information for Respondents - What to Do When Someone Files a Domestic Violence Protective Order Against You
If you have children with the other party in a domestic violence protective order case, the judge may decide temporary custody of the children. The judge can decide a custody and visitation arrangement which will be in effect for one year if a long term order is granted. The judge can also order that the parent without custody pay child support.
Before you go to the hearing for the long term order, you should come up with a visitation plan that you want. To understand what a visitation plan is about, read the FAQs on Visitation (Word | PDF). You can also use the Visitation Plan & Child Support Worksheet (Word | PDF) to write down what you want to ask for at the hearing.
After the protective order expires, there will be no custody order in effect unless there already is a custody order from a divorce or custody case. Without a custody order, both parents have legal rights to the children. To avoid a time period when there is no custody order in effect, you may file a separate permanent custody action in Superior Court before your protective order expires. You can learn about filing a divorce or custody case or call the Family Law Self-Help Center.
You don't have to file special forms at the court to register the protective order from another state. But for the police to enforce the out-of-state protective order, you can bring a certified copy to the court for filing. There is no filing fee. The clerk will send a copy of the filed order to Alaska law enforcement who will enter it into their system. The court or the police will not give the respondent a copy of the protective order or notice that you have filed the order with the Alaska court.
You can only get a Domestic Violence Protective Order against a “household member.” Household members are defined in AS 18.66.990(5), but it generally means family members (by blood, adoption, or marriage), people you live with, or former or current romantic partners. If you do not have one of these kinds of relationships with the other person, you may qualify for a Sexual Assault Protective Order or a Stalking Protective Order. To get each of these protective orders, you need to convince the court that the other person, called the respondent, sexually assaulted or stalked you.
There are petition forms to request either a Sexual Assault Protective Order (CIV-750) or a Stalking Protective Order (CIV-752). Each petition type describes in more detail the definition of these crimes and what you must tell the court. For more information on how to file the petitions in court, and what may happen after a protective order is granted, read Instructions for Requesting a Protective Order Against Stalking or Sexual Assault (CIV-751).
The following forms are available to help you with this process:
- Petition for Sexual Assault Protective Order, CIV-750
- Instructions for Requesting a Protective Order Against Stalking or Sexual Assault, CIV-751
- Petition for Stalking Protective Order, CIV-752
- Request for Service of Protective Order Documents, DV-125
- Law Enforcement Information Sheet, DV-127
If you are the dependent of an active duty military member or service member and experiencing domestic violence, there are many resources available to you from the military. Learn more about the Family Advocacy Program.
Military Protective Orders
Unit commanders may issue military protective orders (MPOs) to an active duty service member to protect a victim of domestic abuse/ violence or child abuse (the victim could be a service member or a civilian) on the military installation. To qualify, you must be the spouse/ ex-spouse, current or former intimate partner, or have a child in common with the abuser. A victim, victim advocate, installation law enforcement agency, or FAP clinician may request a commander to issue an MPO. Civilian abusers cannot be subject to MPOs. They may only be subject to a civil protective order issued by a state or tribal court. However, a commanding officer may order that the civilian abuser stay away from the installation. Learn more about MPOs.
Early Return of Dependents
Active duty military members are obligated to provide financial support to their spouse and/or children. As a military dependent you may be eligible for what the military refers to as an "Early/Advance Return of Dependents." This is a military policy that allows dependents to return to their home of origin at the military's expense. This is available to military dependents ONLY ONCE and includes the shipment of household goods. For more information, domestic violence victims can contact their military installation's Family Advocacy Program listed in the installation's phone book or call the Family Law Self-Help Center.
The Violent Crimes Compensation Board was established in 1972 by the Alaska Legislature to help bring financial relief to innocent victims of violent crimes in Alaska. Some of the costs that can be paid include:
- Medical care needed for victim's injuries
- Wages lost by the victim due to crime related injuries (even if reimbursed through leave time at work)
- Loss of support for dependents of deceased victims
- Funeral and burial costs for homicide victims (up to $5,000.00)
NOTE: You can NOT be paid for:
- property loss or repair, or pain and suffering
- costs compensated under Workers' Compensation or another State or Federal program.
For more information, please see the Violent Crimes Compensation Board web page or call 907-465-3040.