How long do domestic violence protective orders last?

Despite this long list of remedies, there are several caveats that you should keep in mind.

Protective orders entered pursuant to the statute will expire at the end of a fixed period, and this period may not exceed one year. There are no exceptions to this rule.

Your only remedy after the one-year period is to request renewal of your order for another year.

The domestic violence statute provides that “upon application of the aggrieved party, a judge may renew the original or any succeeding order for up to one year.”

Furthermore, you must remember that copies of the order must be issued to each party as well as the police or sheriff’s department in the county where the aggrieved party resides. You or your attorney are responsible for ensuring that the proper law enforcement officers receive all the appropriate documents.