Know the Laws: Wisconsin
UPDATED April 11, 2016
A harassment restraining order can be issued for victims of harassment as well as other types of abuse. You may qualify for a harassment restraining order if you are the victim of threatened or actual unwanted physical contact, physical abuse, sexual assault, stalking, or harassment. The order can be issued regardless of your relationship to the person.
Anyone who is being physically or sexually abused, stalked, threatened, and/or harassed or intimidated repeatedly with no legitimate (valid) purpose by another person is eligible to file for a harassment order.*
If the victim of harassment is a minor (under age 18), the minor can file on his/her own or the minor's parent, step-parent, or legal guardian can file on the minor's behalf.** The judge may appoint a guardian ad litem to represent the minor.***
* See Wis. Stat. § 813.125(1)
** Wis. Stat. §§ 813.125(2)(b), 813.122(1)(b)
*** Wis. Stat. § 813.125(2g)
The steps for getting a harassment restraining order are similar to the steps involved with obtaining a domestic abuse restraining order. You can file for a harassment restraining order with the clerk at the county courthouse. Be sure to tell the clerk you need the forms to file for a harassment restraining order. See Court Forms for a list of forms that you might need.
Yes. There is a possibility that the injunction can be extended for a period of time (from the initial order) that equals 10 years but only if you can prove there is a substantial risk that the respondent may commit any of these crimes against you: first-degree intentional homicide, second-degree intentional homicide, sexual assault or sexual assault of a child (sections (1) or (2)).*
* Wis. Stat. § 813.125(4)(d)(1)