Whether related to domestic violence or not, protective and peace orders should be taken seriously. While not a criminal matter, you may be the subject of a protective or peace order, depending on the relationships between the people involved. There may be hearings for interim, temporary or final orders, with different timelines and duration of orders. A judge may hear testimony of witnesses and consider evidence, similar to a trial. Findings of fact may be issued that could impact criminal, family and other legal matters. A violation of an order may result in a finding of contempt, mandatory arrest, criminal prosecution, imprisonment, or fine.