Harassment must involve a series of acts that can spread over a long or short period of time, usually within the last year. The acts must show a continuity of purpose directed at a specific person, seriously alarming, annoying, or harassing the victim without serving a legitimate purpose, which would cause a reasonable person to suffer substantial emotional distress.
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A restraining order is a commonly-used term for an order of protection or an injunction for harassment.
You will need to see a magistrate for a restraining order. To view a list of magistrates, visit the South Carolina Judicial Department website.
An order used for protection when there is a family relationship between the defendant and the victim. The victim must state how an act of domestic violence was threatened or committed against the victim.
You will need to see a magistrate for an order of protection. To find a magistrate listing, visit the South Carolina Judicial Department website.