Restraining order

If you are being harassed, you may be able to get a restraining order.

Stop harassment

If you are being harassed by someone, you can file a Restraining Order. This is a court order to:

  • Prevent further harassment
  • Stop the person who is harassing you from contacting you and your family at any time
  • Allow police to arrest the person who is harassing you if they violate the order — no warrant required

You are not required to:

  • Have a relationship with the person who is harassing you
  • Report previous harassment to the police 

Learn how to file a restraining order

Hands signing restraining order document.

These incidents qualify as harassment

  • A single incident of
    • Physical or sexual assault
    • Someone using your personal information, without consent, to invite, encourage or solicit a third party to engage in a sexual act
    • Someone sharing private sexual images of you without permission
  • More than one incident of unwanted acts, words or gestures that are intended to have a substantial negative effect on your safety or privacy. For example:
    • Calling you on the phone
    • Following you
    • Going to your home after being asked not to
  • Targeted residential picketing
  • A pattern of attending public events after being notified that their presence is harassing to you 

Your harassment claim must meet these legal requirements

Proof that you experienced at least one of the following.

  • Infliction of physical harm, bodily injury or assault
  • Infliction of fear of imminent physical harm
  • Terroristic threats
  • Acts of criminal sexual conduct
  • Interference with an emergency call


Contact us

Victim Services

City Attorney's Office




City Hall
350 Fifth St. S., Room 210
Minneapolis, MN 55415