In the Complaint for Relief from Abuse, you are the “plaintiff.” The “defendant” is the person who hurt you or the person you are afraid of. Use the form to explain what your relationship is to the defendant and what you are asking for in the case.
Note: The defendant will get a copy of this document if the judge gives you a temporary order or if the case goes to a hearing.
There are two versions of the Complaint form:
On the Complaint, there are many boxes you can choose to check about your relationship to the defendant and the kinds of help you are asking for. Check all that apply to your situation.
Do you believe there is a danger of further abuse to yourself and/or your children? If you do, it’s especially important to tell the court in the “Facts” section of the Complaint. If this box is not checked, the court may decide you are not eligible for an RFA.
In the “Requests for Relief” section, it is important to check the box asking for emergency relief. If this box is not checked, the court may not give you a temporary order while you wait for the final hearing.