How do I obtain a protection order?
- Get the necessary forms. You can receive assistance for this and all steps from My Sister’s Place or Athens County Victims Assistance.
- Carefully fill out the petition. Do not sign until you are in front of a notary.
- Bring identification for you and about your abuser. Helpful items about your abuser might be a photo, social security number, address, employer, phone number, description of abuser’s vehicle, and any history of drug abuse, violence and/or gun ownership.
- Go to the Courthouse and file the forms.
- Ex parte hearing. The judge hears only from you why you need a protection order and decides whether to grant a temporary order.
- Service of process. A law enforcement official will serve your abuser a notice of hearing and if you were granted a temporary order. A temporary order lasts 10 days.
- Full court hearing. To receive a protection order you must prove at least one of the following: threat your abuser caused or attempted to cause bodily injury, placed you in fear of imminent physical harm by threat, committed menacing by stalking or aggravated trespass, or abused a child. You must show up to court the day of the hearing or your temporary order will expire. If awarded, a protection order lasts up to 5 years.
What are the requirements for a Temporary Order of Protection?
- A criminal charge must have been filed against the offender.
- The crime must be specified by the Ohio Revised Code.
- You must be the victim of the crime.
- Your relationship with the defendant must comply with the Ohio Revised Code. (You must be considered family/household members)
What is the difference between civil protection orders and criminal protection orders?
You may file a complaint in both the criminal court and the civil court. Criminal protection orders, known as a Temporary Order of Protection (TPO), last only for the duration of criminal case. When the case is resolved, the order expires.
There are two types of protection orders obtained through civil courts. A Civil Protection Order (CPO) and Stalking and/or Sexually Oriented Offense Protection Order (SSOOPO) can last up to five years and possibly be renewed for an additional five years.
What is a Protection Order?
A protection order is a court order that seeks to increase safety for survivors of sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and stalking. Protection orders can order the offender to stay away from the survivor, prohibit him/her from contacting the survivor, along with much more.
Protection orders can be obtained through criminal courts and through civil courts. Protection orders issued through the criminal court only last throughout the duration of the criminal case. Protection orders issued through civil court can last much longer. There are three different types of civil protection orders.