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A no contact order is a prohibition of direct or indirect physical, verbal, and/or written contact with another individual or group. Such orders are most commonly associated with family or household violence, stalking or sex offenses. No contact orders are primarily governed by state laws, which vary by state.
Direct contact includes phone calls, letters, going within sight of the protected person, his/her residence, place of employment, or school. Non-physical contact includes, but is not limited to, telephone calls, mail, e-mail, fax and written notes. Indirect contact includes messages through a third person at the direction of the respondent.