How to Obtain a Restraining Order

Everyone has the right to be protected. A restraining order is one tool to keep you and your children safe. Anyone in fear of abuse by a family member, current or former intimate partner, may qualify for a restraining order.

How to obtain a restraining order:

  • If you are a resident of Manchester or the crime occurred in Manchester, go to Manchester District Court, 35 Amherst Street, Manchester, NH. If you are not a resident of Manchester, go to your local district courthouse. If the court is closed,  you may go to the police department for an emergency restraining order.
  • Fill out appropriate paperwork, providing as much information as possible. Once the court has issued the temporary order, read and be familiar with the order and how it works. Keep a copy with you at all times.
  • A date for a hearing will be scheduled. You must attend this hearing and bring any evidence that you may have to support your petition. The judge will hear both sides and decide if the restraining order will be granted for a one-year period.

The Manchester Police Department Domestic Violence Unit and the YWCA Crisis Services are here to help you.

Manchester Police Department: 603.668.8711 Ext 329

  • Referrals
  • Cellular Phone
  • Emergency Restraining Order
  • Information about ongoing criminal investigations
  • Information about ongoing and upcoming court cases

YWCA Crisis Services: 603.625.5785

  • 24 Hour Crisis Line 603.668.2299
  • Emergency Shelters Statewide
  • Hospital and Police Department Accompaniment
  • Restraining Order Assistance
  • Safety Planning
  • Emergency Financial Assistance
  • Support Groups
  • Referrals

To locate the District Court in your area please visit their website at or call the toll free # at 800.212.1234.