- Crisis intervention
- Free individual face-to-face or phone counseling
- Support groups for women survivors of sexual violence
- Supportive advocacy services
- Information and referrals to supporting organizations and law enforcement agencies
Referrals for child and adult survivors of sexual assault which includes:
- Childhood sexual abuse
- Survivors of incest
- Sexual harassment/stalking
These services are also provided to families/friends/loved ones and survivors
Personal Protection Orders
What is a Personal Protection Order?
A Personal Protection Order (PPO) is a Circuit Court Order that protects victims of Domestic Violence, Family Violence, Dating Violence or Stalking. The intent of the order is to provide one party (Petitioner) protection from the other party (Respondent) from all or some of the following:
- Contacting the petitioner through any means (in person, by phone, mail, email or third party contact)
- Entering the petitioner’s residence, property or work place
- Assaulting, attacking, beating, molesting, or wounding the petitioner
- Harassing, stalking, or threatening the petitioner
- Removing minor children from where they live unless their removal is part of a court ordered parenting time or custody order
- Stalking petitioner—which includes but is not limited to: following, approaching or confronting petitioner in a public place or on private property
- Interfering with the petitioner’s efforts to remove their children or property
- Threatening to kill or physically injure the petitioner
- Interfering with or engaging in conduct that impairs petitioner’s employment or educational environment
- Allowing a non-custodial parent to access a petitioner’s home or work address or telephone numbers through a minor child’s records
- Purchasing or possessing a firearm
- Any other specific act that interferes with the petitioner’s personal liberty or causes a reasonable fear of violence
Do I need a PPO?
If you are in fear for your personal safety, you may want to file for a Personal Protection Order. If you need protection from being assaulted, threatened, harassed or stalked by another individual, then you may want to file for a PPO.
Who can get a PPO?
Anyone who has been physically, emotionally, or sexually abused or threatened by someone they have been married to, lived with, have a child in common with or dated can petition for a PPO. Examples include: current or former spouse, family member, current or former partner, the other parent of your child/children, current or former roommate, or current or former person you dated. You would file
for a domestic PPO if any of these relationships applied.
You may want to file for a stalking PPO if the person you want restrained is stalking you and none of these relationships apply. Stalking is repeated (two or more instances) harassment that makes you feel scared, threatened, intimidated or terrorized. It can be someone you know or a stranger. If the stalker is someone who you have or had a relationship with, then you would still file for a domestic PPO. The domestic PPO contains a section regarding stalking behaviors that can be prohibited. If there is no relationship, nor ever has been a relationship between you and the stalker, then you would file for a stalking PPO.
How do I get a PPO?
You do not need an attorney to file for a Personal Protection Order and there are no filing fees for a PPO. However, there may be a fee for having the PPO papers served on the Respondent. Currently, the Marquette County Sheriff’s Department charges $18.00 to serve the PPO. They will waive this fee if the Judge has signed the Suspension of Fees/Cost form.
The forms and instructions for both the Domestic and Stalking Personal Protection Orders can be obtained from the Marquette County Clerk’s Office, from Harbor House Domestic Violence Shelter, and the Women’s Center. The PPO paperwork consists of:
- Instructions for completing PPO paperwork
- The Petition (may include a copy of the Order form as well)
- Proof of service form
- Optional: Suspension of Fees/Cost form
Once the forms are completed they are returned to the County Clerk’s Office where they are assigned to a Circuit Court Judge to review. The Judge may do one of the following:
- Grant the PPO immediately, without a hearing (“ex-parte”)
- Order a hearing before granting the PPO
- Deny the PPO without a hearing
- Deny the PPO after a hearing
PPO’s are in effect with a Judge’s signature.
Respondent has a right to request a hearing to have the PPO terminated if it was signed “ex-parte”
An average length of time a PPO is effective is one year, however, it may be less than that or more than one year. The minimum amount of time a PPO can be effective is 180 days.
“I am so thankful for the Women’s Center helping me thru this and the trial. I would not have done it otherwise.”
– Sexual Assault Survivor
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What is Sexual Assault?
Sexual assault takes many forms including rape or attempted rape, as well as any unwanted or unlawful sexual contact or threats. A sexual assault occurs when someone touches any part of another person’s body in a sexual way, even through clothes, without that person’s consent—or when that person is unable to consent due to age or incapacity.
Sexual Assault Services
Women’s Center programs offer immediate support to survivors at emergency rooms or through our 24-hour crisis line; specially-trained, professional counseling staff; advocacy on behalf of the survivor; and support groups for women, teens, men and family members of survivors.
Survivors of sexual assault experience a wide range of reactions. Some survivors say that after the assault their emotions go from one extreme to another. It is important for you to know that what you are feeling and thinking right now is okay. And that it is important to talk to someone you trust about what happened and how you feel—you are not alone.
Services are free
The Women’s Center provides free, confidential counseling for any survivor of sexual abuse and/or sexual assault, regardless of age or when the assault occurred. We are here to help.
For information, call the Women’s Center’s main office at (906) 225-1346.
24-hour crisis and information line. Callers can receive immediate assistance
- Local help/support: (906) 226-6611
- Long distance help/support: (800) 455-6611
- Or Text (906) 356-3337
Resources and Links
- Sexual Assault Survivor Handbook
- Friends and family of Sexual assault Survivor Resources
- National Human Trafficking Resource Center
For more information on our Stalking, Rape and Sexual Assault Services, call (906) 225-1346.