Harassment Restraining Orders

What is Harassment?

Under Minn. Stat. § 609.748, harassment is defined as:

  • A single incident of physical or sexual assault, or a single incident of stalking under Minn. Stat. § 609.759;
  • A single incident of nonconsensual dissemination of private sexual images under Minn. Stat. § 617.261;
  • Repeated incidents of intrusive or unwanted acts, words or gestures that have a substantial adverse effect or are intended to have a substantial adverse effect on the safety, security or privacy of another, regardless of the relationship between you and the alleged harasser;
  • Targeted residential picketing, defined as the following acts when committed on more than one occasion: (a) marching, standing, or patrolling by one or more persons directed solely at a particular residential building in a manner that adversely affects the safety, security, or privacy of an occupant of the building, or (b) marching, standing, or patrolling by one or more persons which prevents an occupant of a residential building from gaining access to or exiting from the property on which the residential building is located; or
  • A pattern of attending public events after being notified that the actor’s presence at the event is harassing to another.

In order to obtain a harassment restraining order, the person requesting the restraining order must be able to claim an immediate and present danger of harassment.