What is a Protective Order?
It is a legal order issued by a magistrate or the judge to protect one person from physical abuse or threatening behavior by another. A protective order is issued in cases of domestic violence and stalking to protect the health and safety of an abused person and his/her family or household members.
Protective Orders are Free
There is no charge for petitioning for a protective order, filing copies of a protective order, or having the order served on the abuser.
Do I Need Legal Representation for a Protective Order?
No. You do not need an attorney to file for a protective order. However, there are often free legal services available for low income victims who would like to obtain a protective order. Many area domestic violence service agencies have free attorneys and victim advocates available for victims who would like a Protective Order. Local Legal Aid offices also assist victims in obtaining protective orders. All local Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courts have court services units to assist victims in obtaining protective orders. To find out more about the services available in your area, please call the toll free Statewide Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-838-8238.
Do I Have to Press Charges to Get a Protective Order?
No. A protective order is a civil order, and is not the same as pressing criminal charges. You may press criminal charges against the abuser, in addition to petitioning for a family abuse protective order, but you do not have to press charges in order to get a protective order.
How Do I Get a Protective Order?
Contact the Warren County Sheriff's Office at (540) 635-4128. More detailed information can be found in the pamplet below.