§ 455.003 Rape crisis centers, confidentiality of information — employee competency …
§ 455.004 Juvenile court records, confidentiality, when
§ 455.005 Social Security number of respondent included in full orders of protection
§ 455.007 Mootness doctrine, public interest exception to apply upon expiration of ..
§ 455.010 Definitions
§ 455.015 Venue
§ 455.020 Relief may be sought — order of protection effective, where.
§ 455.025 Duties of circuit clerks — rules, forms, instructions.
§ 455.027 No filing fee, court cost, or bond shall be required
§ 455.030 Filings — certain information not required from petitioner, exception — …
§ 455.032 Protection order, restraining respondent from abuse if petitioner is ..
§ 455.035 Protection orders — ex parte.
§ 455.038 Ex parte orders, notification — circuit clerks to provide information on.
§ 455.040 Hearings, when — duration of orders, renewal, requirements — copies of …
§ 455.045 Temporary relief available — ex parte orders.
§ 455.050 Full or ex parte order of protection, abuse, stalking, or sexual assault, ..
§ 455.055 Assignment of wages
§ 455.060 Modification of orders, when — termination, when — appeal — custody of …
§ 455.065 Subsequent modification of orders
§ 455.067 Foreign order of protection to be given full faith and credit — …
§ 455.070 Proceedings independent of others
§ 455.073 Supreme court to develop and adopt uniform forms for petitions and orders ..
§ 455.075 Attorney’s fees, cost
§ 455.080 Law enforcement agencies response to alleged incidents of domestic ..
§ 455.083 Law enforcement officer may rely on copy of protection order
§ 455.085 Arrest for violation of order — penalties — good faith immunity for law …
§ 455.090 Jurisdiction, duration — enforceability of orders.
§ 455.095 Electronic monitoring, when — requirements — expiration date.
§ 455.200 Definitions
§ 455.210 Administration by designated authority, how established — powers — expense, …
§ 455.215 Applications for shelter funding, contents, when filed — payments from fund …
§ 455.220 Requirements for shelter to qualify for funds
§ 455.225 Shelter request exceeding funds, allocation priorities
§ 455.230 Annual reports by shelters, contents — confidentiality — child assessment …
§ 455.300 Missouri domestic violence commission established — members, meetings, rules.
§ 455.305 Domestic violence intervention/rehabilitation pilot projects — purpose, …
§ 455.500 Citation of law
§ 455.503 Venue — petition, who may file.
§ 455.504 Court clerks to furnish petitioners with uniform forms and information to ..
§ 455.505 Relief may be sought for child for domestic violence, stalking, or sexual ..
§ 455.510 Filings — information required from petitioner.
§ 455.513 Ex parte orders, issued immediately, when — for good cause shown, defined — …
§ 455.516 Hearings, when, procedure, standard of proof — duration of orders — …
§ 455.520 Temporary relief available — ex parte orders.
§ 455.523 Full order of protection — relief available.
§ 455.524 Jurisdiction for orders — compliance review hearings permitted — remedies …
§ 455.526 Assignment of wages
§ 455.528 Modification of orders, who may file, when — termination — order not res …
§ 455.530 Grounds for modification of orders
§ 455.534 Proceedings independent of others
§ 455.536 Costs of legal fees
§ 455.538 Law enforcement agencies response to violation of order — arrest for …
§ 455.543 Homicides or suicides, determination of domestic violence, factors to be ..
§ 455.545 Annual report by highway patrol
§ 455.547 Good faith immunity for reporters
§ 455.549 Court-appointed batterer intervention, credentialing process, rulemaking ..
§ 455.560 Domestic violence fatality review panels, members — report.

Terms Used In Missouri Laws > Chapter 455 - Abuse — Adults and Children — Shelters and Protective Orders

  • Abuse: includes but is not limited to the occurrence of any of the following acts, attempts or threats against a person who may be protected pursuant to this chapter, except abuse shall not include abuse inflicted on a child by accidental means by an adult household member or discipline of a child, including spanking, in a reasonable manner:

     (a)  "Abusing a pet", purposely or knowingly causing, attempting to cause, or threatening to cause physical injury to a pet with the intent to control, punish, intimidate, or distress the petitioner. See Missouri Laws 455.010

  • Adult: any person seventeen years of age or older or otherwise emancipated. See Missouri Laws 455.010
  • Affidavit: A written statement of facts confirmed by the oath of the party making it, before a notary or officer having authority to administer oaths.
  • Alarm: to cause fear of danger of physical harm. See Missouri Laws 455.010
  • Allegation: something that someone says happened.
  • Appeal: A request made after a trial, asking another court (usually the court of appeals) to decide whether the trial was conducted properly. To make such a request is "to appeal" or "to take an appeal." One who appeals is called the appellant.
  • Appropriation: The provision of funds, through an annual appropriations act or a permanent law, for federal agencies to make payments out of the Treasury for specified purposes. The formal federal spending process consists of two sequential steps: authorization
  • Arrest: Taking physical custody of a person by lawful authority.
  • Assault: purposely or knowingly placing or attempting to place another in fear of physical harm. See Missouri Laws 455.010
  • Assets: (1) The property comprising the estate of a deceased person, or (2) the property in a trust account.
  • Child: any person under seventeen years of age unless otherwise emancipated. See Missouri Laws 455.010
  • Complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant.
  • Continuance: Putting off of a hearing ot trial until a later time.
  • Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
  • Course of conduct: two or more acts that serve no legitimate purpose including, but not limited to, acts in which the stalker directly, indirectly, or through a third party follows, monitors, observes, surveils, threatens, or communicates to a person by any action, method, or device. See Missouri Laws 455.010
  • Court: the circuit or associate circuit judge or a family court commissioner. See Missouri Laws 455.010
  • Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
  • Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
  • Dependent: A person dependent for support upon another.
  • Dismissal: The dropping of a case by the judge without further consideration or hearing. Source:
  • Domestic violence: abuse or stalking committed by a family or household member, as such terms are defined in this section. See Missouri Laws 455.010
  • Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
  • Ex officio: Literally, by virtue of one's office.
  • Ex parte order of protection: an order of protection issued by the court before the respondent has received notice of the petition or an opportunity to be heard on it. See Missouri Laws 455.010
  • Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
  • following: when used by way of reference to any section of the statutes, mean the section next preceding or next following that in which the reference is made, unless some other section is expressly designated in the reference. See Missouri Laws 1.020
  • Full order of protection: an order of protection issued after a hearing on the record where the respondent has received notice of the proceedings and has had an opportunity to be heard. See Missouri Laws 455.010
  • Guardian: A person legally empowered and charged with the duty of taking care of and managing the property of another person who because of age, intellect, or health, is incapable of managing his (her) own affairs.
  • Guardian: if used in a section in a context relating to property rights or obligations, means conservator of the estate as defined in Missouri Laws 1.020
  • household member: spouses, former spouses, any person related by blood or marriage, persons who are presently residing together or have resided together in the past, any person who is or has been in a continuing social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim, and anyone who has a child in common regardless of whether they have been married or have resided together at any time. See Missouri Laws 455.010
  • Incompetent: if used in a section in a context relating to actual occupational ability without reference to a court adjudication of incompetency, means the actual ability of a person to perform in that occupation. See Missouri Laws 1.020
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
  • Mortgage: The written agreement pledging property to a creditor as collateral for a loan.
  • Order of protection: either an ex parte order of protection or a full order of protection. See Missouri Laws 455.010
  • Pending: exists or for which a hearing date has been set. See Missouri Laws 455.010
  • person: may extend and be applied to bodies politic and corporate, and to partnerships and other unincorporated associations. See Missouri Laws 1.020
  • Personal property: includes money, goods, chattels, things in action and evidences of debt. See Missouri Laws 1.020
  • Personal property: All property that is not real property.
  • Pet: a living creature maintained by a household member for companionship and not for commercial purposes. See Missouri Laws 455.010
  • Petitioner: a family or household member who has been a victim of domestic violence, or any person who has been the victim of stalking or sexual assault, or a person filing on behalf of a child pursuant to section Missouri Laws 455.010
  • Place of residence: means the place where the family of any person permanently resides in this state, and the place where any person having no family generally lodges. See Missouri Laws 1.020
  • Plea: In a criminal case, the defendant's statement pleading "guilty" or "not guilty" in answer to the charges, a declaration made in open court.
  • Pleadings: Written statements of the parties in a civil case of their positions. In the federal courts, the principal pleadings are the complaint and the answer.
  • President pro tempore: A constitutionally recognized officer of the Senate who presides over the chamber in the absence of the Vice President. The President Pro Tempore (or, "president for a time") is elected by the Senate and is, by custom, the Senator of the majority party with the longest record of continuous service.
  • Probable cause: A reasonable ground for belief that the offender violated a specific law.
  • Probation: A sentencing alternative to imprisonment in which the court releases convicted defendants under supervision as long as certain conditions are observed.
  • Property: includes real and personal property. See Missouri Laws 1.020
  • Prosecute: To charge someone with a crime. A prosecutor tries a criminal case on behalf of the government.
  • Respondent: the family or household member alleged to have committed an act of domestic violence, or person alleged to have committed an act of stalking or sexual assault, against whom a verified petition has been filed or a person served on behalf of a child pursuant to section Missouri Laws 455.010
  • Service of process: The service of writs or summonses to the appropriate party.
  • Sexual assault: causing or attempting to cause another to engage involuntarily in any sexual act by force, threat of force, duress, or without that person's consent. See Missouri Laws 455.010
  • Stalking: is when any person purposely engages in an unwanted course of conduct that causes alarm to another person, or a person who resides together in the same household with the person seeking the order of protection when it is reasonable in that person's situation to have been alarmed by the conduct. See Missouri Laws 455.010
  • State: when applied to any of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the territories, and the words "United States" includes such district and territories. See Missouri Laws 1.020
  • Statute: A law passed by a legislature.
  • Testify: Answer questions in court.
  • Testimony: Evidence presented orally by witnesses during trials or before grand juries.
  • Trial: A hearing that takes place when the defendant pleads "not guilty" and witnesses are required to come to court to give evidence.
  • United States: includes such district and territories. See Missouri Laws 1.020
  • Venue: The geographical location in which a case is tried.
  • Verdict: The decision of a petit jury or a judge.