Has he already been arrested? If I remember correctly, my first order “Ex Parte Domestic Violence Order of Protection” was good for about 7-10 days (until it was heard in court). The first hearing was continued (he didn’t have a lawyer) so the order was continued until the next court date. When it does go to court both of you will have your say about the incident(s) and the judge will make a decision as to whether or not he will issue a “50-B” Domestic Violence Order Of Protection. This is good for 1 year. It can be continued for longer but you will have to appear in court prior to it expiring and tell the judge why you would like it to be in effect for another year (if you do). From what I understand the judge will then make the decision to continue it for another year.
A good source of information about these orders is your local women’s shelter, or domestic violence program. They are all too familiar with the process. Good luck. It is a horrible ordeal. I am still waiting for the grand jury to meet to find out if my ex will be indicted for what he did to me. Then the long wait for a court date and trial. Stick with it. Good Luck and BE SAFE! Don’t ever let your guard down & Don’t let him win!