Legal definition of protective custody
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protective custody

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Protective custody is an action taken by a government official by placing a person in a secure setting to protect that person from harm of others.
Examples: a child placed in temporary foster care because of abuse of a parent;
a wife escaping an abusive husband given a temporary shelter;
protective custody to a witness to a crime that is threatened to testify in criminal court.
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