Where do I get an Order of Protection?

A Victim/Petitioner applies for an Order of Protection at the appropriate County Courthouse. There are three ways to obtain an Order of Protection:

  1. Criminal Court
  2. Civil Court in an action by itself
  3. Civil Court in connection with a divorce, child support, parentage or other civil case

If a Victim/Petitioner is seeking an order of protection on their own (option #3) she/he may be eligible for support and assistance from the following agencies at no charge (You may also contact one of the resources to help you with the forms and process), view a list of Order of Protection resources.

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1. Are there any filing or service charges to get an Order of Protection?
2. In which County should I file for an Order of Protection?
3. What happens when the Order of Protection is violated?
4. What will happen in the Order of Protection process?
5. Where do I get an Order of Protection?