The American Institute for the Advancement of Forensic Studies - Webinar

Minnesota Protective Orders   (MEMBERS ONLY)

Presented by Darian Poser, BA

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Webinar Objectives:

  • Learn and understand the three types of protective orders in Minnesota and relevant terms related to these orders.
  • Review who can apply for and grant each of the types of orders.
  • Establish what a “family or household member” includes.
  • Establish the community partners who can assist victims in filing protective orders, including which type of order is appropriate for which situation.
  • Discern which orders are connected to criminal cases and which are not.


This training will cover the three types of protective orders available in Minnesota: Harassment Restraining Order (HRO), Order for Protection (OFP), and Domestic Abuse No Contact Order (DANCO). This information was compiled to provide law enforcement and professionals within the criminal justice systems with a basic understanding of these orders and the differences between them. 

For more information on Protective Orders in MN, including the required forms and processes, visit https://www.mncourts.gov/Help-Topics/Domestic-Abuse-and-Harassment.aspx

NOTE: This webinar was recorded prior to the enactment of the Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO); therefore, information on these protective orders is not covered in this webinar. For more information on an ERPO, visit https://www.mncourts.gov/Help-Topics/Firearms.aspx

Disclaimer: The contents of this video are for educational purposes and may NOT be considered legal advice. If you are in law enforcement, please speak with your local County or City Attorney’s Office for advice related to protective orders. If you are a civilian, speak with an attorney for legal advice related to protective orders. 

Presenter Biography:

Darian Poser, BA, currently serves as the Executive Manager for the American Institute for the Advancement of Forensic Studies (AIAFS) and has been with the organization since 2013. Darian earned her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice in December of 2016. She currently works as an Investigative Analyst at a local law enforcement agency in the greater Twin Cities, Minnesota, area. She has previous experience as a victim-witness coordinator for a team of criminal prosecutors, a trial advocate for child and adult victims of domestic and sexual assault, confidential domestic violence/sexual assault advocate, and a women's self-defense and martial arts instructor. Darian is also a certified health coach, having completed a 12-week certification program with Dr. Sears Wellness Institute. As the AIAFS Executive Manager, Darian has facilitated over one hundred on-site or virtual training events pertaining to the field of forensic mental health and is a contributor to AIAFS' membership publication titled Forensic Mental Health Insider. Darian has additional certifications in Cornerhouse Forensic Interviewing and Fundamentals in Victim Services, as well as a Certified Neuroscience-Informed Practitioner. With a special focus on victim-centered and trauma-informed investigations, as well as sexual-assault advocacy, Darian has provided both formal and informal training to local and county government agencies on the following topics: Victim-Centered investigations, victim-centered interviewing (including best practices for interviewing sexual assault victims/survivors), women's safety and awareness, Minnesota Protective Orders, trauma-informed investigations, trauma-informed law enforcement interviews, victim/survivor rights, victim/survivor involvement in prosecution, and more.

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