Laws enacted on July 1, 2002 restrict who can and cannot
obtain a Protective Order.
Individuals who can apply for a protective
Household or family members
- Who have ever married, dated, had sex, child in common
- Includes same sex partners
- Ever related by blood, marriage, adoption or foster care
(aunts, cousins, X-in-laws allowed)
- Stalking victims (No relationship need be proven)
- Sexual assault victims (includes child molest; No relationship
need be proven)
Those who can NOT file for a protective
- X-Wife vs. the current girlfriend (or vice versa)
- Strangers/Road Rage
- Roommates (Legislation introduced but not passed that
would have added ‘cohabitation' to list of those who can
ORDERS OF PROTECTION ARE NOW FREE.
Most protective orders in Indiana last two years for the
Under new law, it IS possible to get a BASIC Protective
Order without an automatic hearing. The Basic order says
stay away from petitioner and family at the home, workplace,
school, day care, and no telephone or indirect contact. Caveat:
The respondent can affirmatively request a hearing within
30 days – if not requested the order lasts for two years
without further notice of the court.
Obtaining a Protective Order
Contact Heather of the Turning Point Domestic Violence Services Franklin Office. Heather can answer questions about and assist in completing the protective order, free of charge.
Community Services Director
PO Box 268
Franklin , IN 46131
After hours: 1-800-221-6311
Violence Restraining Order Information