Protective Order

Why get a Protective Order?

A protective order may prohibit an offender from:

  • Committing further acts of domestic violence, sexual assault and/or stalking
  • Harassing or threatening the victim
  • Going to, or near a school or day-care center that a child protected under the order attends.

Who can get a Protective Order?

  • A current or former spouse.
  • A blood relative such as a parent, sibling, child etc.
  • A relative by marriage (an in-law).
  • A person who you have a child in common.
  • A household member (such as a current/former roommate).
  • A foster parent or child.
  • A person who you had a continuing romantic or intimate relationship with.
  • Any adult can file for a protective order to protect a minor from family violence.
  • A prosecuting attorney or the Department of Protective and Regulatory Services can file an application on behalf of any person alleged to be a victim of family violence.

Get a Protective Order

If  you are in Travis County (even if the violence occurred outside of Travis County) you may go to the County Attorney’s Office located on the third floor of the Granger Building at 314 West 11th Street in Austin. Once you speak to someone from the Protective Order Division, your situation will be assessed to determine if a Temporary Protective Order should be issued. A hearing date will be set within 14 days to issue a permanent order that may last up to two years.

If a Protective Order is issued, the perpetrator may be required to leave the residence.  A County Constable will serve the order and escort the perpetrator from the property.

Student Guide for Observing Protective Order Hearings (PDF)

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