Civil No Contact Order (CNCO)
What is a CNCO?
A Civil No Contact Order (CNCO) is a court order that requires the perpetrator to stay away from you. This includes your home, school, and/or workplace.
You can obtain a CNCO against a perpetrator of an act of non-consensual sexual conduct or non-consensual penetration. You do NOT need to have a relationship with the perpetrator.
What Relief is Available?
A CNCO prohibits the perpetrator from knowingly coming within a specified distance from you. A CNCO prohibits the following:
- Physical contact such as staying away from your home, work, and school.
- Nonphysical contact such as phone calls, texts, emails, notes, or communications through third parties.
Do I Need a Police Report?
You do NOT need a police report to get a CNCO. The process of getting a CNCO is completely independent of the police.
How Can I Stay Safe at Work?
If you were assaulted by a co-worker, your employer must enforce the CNCO and may be required to change the perpetrator’s schedule, transfer, or terminate the perpetrator to keep you safe.
How Can I Stay Safe at School?
If you were assaulted by another student, your school/university must enforce the CNCO and may be required to move the perpetrator out of your class or school/university entirely.