Orders of protection often go hand in hand with domestic violence cases and sexual assault cases. Last week we sucessfully defended an order of protection petition based upon an alleged sexual assault.The petitioner appealed as was their right. It was dismissed again. During the process, I learned something new.
Tennessee law clearly limits who can take out an order of protection in Tennessee. One critical question is who can take out an order of protection . Tennessee Code Annotated 36-3-601 (5) defines who is a domestic abuse victim.