LegalWays: Harassment and Restraining Orders

Lesson Duration

By Jennifer Bloom and Sally Revak

Harassment is defined and steps a victim of harassment should take are included in this lesson from the LegalWays curriculum. In the “You Decide” activity the students decide if situations fit the definition of harassment.  The “Ordering” activity asks students to order the steps in getting a restraining order.  This activity can also be done as a Human Continuum (see Strategy section). The final activity, another “You Decide” asks students to decide if cases would result in a restraining order or an order for protection.  This activity requires that the students have already completed the lesson on Domestic Abuse and Order for Protection. Student use a short reading on the law and guiding lessons to understand the content. Minnesota law is use in this lesson, but lesson adaptation is easily done.


  • Students will understand the function of the people involved in the juvenile protection area.
  • Students will understand the various ways in which the juvenile system attempts to take of care of juveniles and their families.
  • Students will learn where to go for help.

Time to Complete

One class period

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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