I continued to wonder about this line from the earlier Us report
The protective order against the actor, 52, has been extended as investigators look into whether there are additional incidents or a pattern that may suggest a history of abuse that involves more than one of Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s six children.
Is there a protective order against Brad?
Emergency Protective Order (EPO)
Restraining OrderAn order issued by the court, which enjoins a person from engaging in a specified behavior or activity, limits the distance a person may approach a specific location and/or person, or excludes a person from a specific dwelling or place of business. See “Emergency Protective Order.”
An ex-prate temporary restraining order issued by the Superior Court following a determination by law enforcement that a child is in immediate danger of abuse by a member of a child’s family or household. An EPO may exclude any parent, guardian or member of a child’s household from the dwelling of the person having the care, custody, and control of the child. EPO allow children to remain in their home while allegations of child abuse by the restrained parties are investigated and allow the non-offending parent time to seek assistance from Family Law Court. EPO expire at the close of the second day of judicial business following the day of issuance. EPO may only be extended by application to the appropriate court. See “Ex-Prate Order,” “Judicial Business Hours” and “Restraining Order.”
I don't recall any other report using the term.
DCFS - Los Angeles
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the different kinds of child abuse?
PHYSICAL: Shaking, beating, burning, failure to provide necessities of life (e.g., adequate food, clothing, shelter, medical care). A child is physically injured by other than accidental means. A child is being subjected to willful cruelty or unjustifiable punishment.
VERBAL: Excessive yelling, belittling, teasing.
What is the difference between discipline and abuse?
Abuse is characterized by its orientation toward satisfying needs or expressing the negative feelings of parents or other caregivers. ...
Safe, effective discipline is a correction given in love. In evaluating methods of guiding their children's behavior, parents or guardians need to ask themselves: Is the discipline...
What happens after a report is made?
The social worker or law enforcement officer on duty will speak to the person making the report in order to obtain information about the child. The kind of information needed includes:
The investigations by the child welfare agency and law enforcement are conducted separately. The child welfare agency will concern itself with the welfare of the child and family. Law enforcement will focus on obtaining evidence to determine whether a crime has been committed and by whom.
What does the social worker do?
The social worker interviews the child and family to evaluate the situation. The worker, whose primary responsibility is the PROTECTION OF THE CHILD, may offer services to help reduce the problems of the family and child. These include:
referrals to self-help groups
assistance in obtaining medical care, emergency shelter, transportation
temporary in-home caretaker to help parents and children
Does a report mean a child will be taken away
NO! Most reports of child abuse do not result in children being removed from their families. The first goal is to enable the child to remain safely in higher own home. If this is not possible, the social worker must remove the child from the home and place him/her in a foster home. If it is necessary in order to protect the child, the child welfare agency also is authorized to arrange emergency, temporary foster care.
Are children taken away forever?
California has strict rules about removal of children from families. However, because children are vulnerable, the law also affords them significant protection. Peace officers are authorized to take an endangered child into protective custody place the child in the care of the child protection agency.
This initial emergency removal is allowed by law without a warrant for 48 hours, not counting holidays and weekends. Should the child protection agency decide that the child cannot yet return safely to the home, the agency must immediately ask the Superior Court, Juvenile Division, to hold a hearing to determine if continued removal is necessary.
What happens if the court orders removal of a child from the home?
If the Juvenile Division decides that it is necessary to remove a child from the home, several possibilities exist:
Our sources say this incident triggered Jolie to separate from Brad the next day and file for divorce just days later.