LegalWays: Domestic Abuse and Order for Protection

Lesson Duration

By Jennifer Bloom and Sally Revak

This lesson from LegalWays describes domestic abuse and what can be done when a person is the victim of abuse.  The procedure for getting an Order for Protection is included.  The “Case Study” activity asks the students to apply their new knowledge to a hypothetical case.  As a culminating activity, the students will apply their knowledge and learn more about the court system in the Mock Trial, which involves domestic abuse between a girlfriend and boyfriend. Lesson includes a student reading with guiding questions using Minnesota law. Lesson can be adapted.



  • Understand the function of the people involved in the juvenile protection area.
  • Become familiar with the laws of abuse and neglect.
  • Understand the various ways in which the juvenile system attempts to take of care of juveniles and their families.
  • Learn where to go for help.

Time to Complete

Two class periods

Materials Needed


See Juvenile Protection Teaching Guide


LegalWays curriculum was funded by Grant No. 95-JS-FX-0300 from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice.


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