Getting a Protection Order

If you are the victim of domestic or sexual violence, or if you believe you or your children are in danger of being harmed by someone in your life, there is help for you.  Throughout the state of Indiana, hundreds of trained advocates work every day to help victims find safety, and in many situations a protection order can be a useful tool.

IMPORTANT: If you need to file a Petition for an Order of Protection, you can do so at the Circuit Court Clerk in the county where you live or you can get assistance with filing your request online through a victim advocate organization. Victim advocates across Indiana are listed belowYour petition cannot be filed through this website.

What to Expect When Filing for a Protection Order

Indiana now has an online system to petition for protection orders, which means that you can seek assistance in the security and privacy of an advocate's office while the advocate prepares and files the petition electronically. The advocate will interview you to discover the necessary information for the court filing and will allow you to review and edit the forms before they are submitted to the court. While an original signature is needed on the papers filed with the court, most agencies will deliver the signed forms to the clerk’s office on your behalf.

Enforcement of Protection Orders

Because all protection orders in Indiana are to be filed electronically—as mandated in 2009 by the Indiana General Assembly—police officers and FBI agents in the field have access to the most current information about these orders. This includes identification of the protected party or parties, identification and description of the respondent (defendant), whether a firearm restriction was ordered, and other important details.

When an order of protection is granted to you, you are advised to keep a copy with you at all times. However, that may not always happen. Now that the information is available to law enforcement electronically, this means that if you have a protection order filed in one county, and you travel to another county (or another state), if it becomes necessary for you to seek police assistance, local officers can access your protection order information even if you don't have a copy of it with you.

Protection Order Notifications and Online Search

In addition to the courts and law enforcement having online access to protection order information, a protection order search is now available on this website. Information about the victim is not included in the online records, but information about the respondent (defendant) and the order are. In addition, when you file a protection order, you can ask to be notified electronically—by text message and/or email—of events in the case, such as approval of the order by the court and service of the order on the respondent.  Watch a video about the benefits of Indiana's system for electronic protection orders.

Search Protection Orders

Find a Victim Advocate in Your Area

For help finding an advocate or shelter, or for more information about domestic violence, visit the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV) website or call their 24-hour statewide hotline at 1.800.332.7385.

For detailed contact information for advocate organizations and shelters throughout the state, see the ICADV website.

The following organizations are users of Indiana's advocate access to file petitions for protection orders online.

County Advocate Agency
Adams Adams Wells Crisis Center
Allen YWCA Northeast Indiana
  Center For Non-Violence
  Fort Wayne PD (Victims Assistance)
Bartholomew Legal Aid District Eleven, Inc
  Turning Point Domestic Violence Services
Brown Turning Point Domestic Violence Services
Carroll Carroll County Sheriff's Department
Crawford Hoosier Hills PACT
Decatur New Directions
Dekalb YWCA Northeast Indiana
Delaware A Better Way
  Office of Victim Services Ball State University
Dubois Crisis Connection, Inc
Elkhart Elkhart County Prosecutor's Office
  Individuals & Families In Transition
Fayette Fayette County Victim's Assistance
Floyd Center for Women & Families
Fountain Bi-County Domestic Violence Program
Gibson Gibson County Prosecutor's Office
Grant Family Service Society, Inc./Hands of Hope/Flannery-Keal House
Hamilton Prevail
  Beacon of Hope
Harrison Hoosier Hills PACT
Hendricks Beacon of Hope
  Sheltering Wings Center for Women
Henry Safe At Home
Howard Family Service Association of Howard County
Huntington YWCA Northeast Indiana
Jackson Turning Point Domestic Violence Services
Jasper De Motte Police Department
Jefferson Turning Point Domestic Violence Services
Jennings Department of Child Services
  Jennings County Council on Domestic Violence
Johnson Beacon of Hope
  Turning Point Domestic Violence Services
Knox Hope's Voice
Lake Gary Commission for Women
  Haven House
  Lake County Sheriff's Department
  St. Jude House
LaPorte Stepping Stone Shelter For Women, Inc
Lawrence Hoosier Hills PACT
Madison Alternatives, Inc.
  Madison County Clerk's Office
Marion Beacon of Hope
  Julian Center
  Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  Families First
  Serenity Holistic Counseling Ministry, Inc
  Deaf School Police Department
Martin Middle Way House
Monroe Middle Way House
Montgomery Family Crisis Shelter
Morgan Desert Rose Transitional Shelter
Noble YWCA Northeast Indiana
Orange Hoosier Hills PACT
Owen Owen County Prosecutor's Office
Perry Perry County Prosecutor's Office
Porter Chesterton Police Department
Putnam Family Support Services, Inc.
Randolph Randolph Prosecutor's Office
Ripley Safe Passage, Inc.
Rush Rush County Victims Assistance
St. Joseph Family Justice Center of St. Joseph County
  YWCA of St. Joseph County
Scott Scott County Prosecutor's Office
  Hoosier Hills PACT
Shelby Turning Point Domestic Violence Services
Spencer Spencer County Prosecutor's Office
Steuben Community Anti-Violence Alliance
Tippecanoe YWCA Lafayette
Vanderburgh Albion Fellows Bacon Center
  Vanderburgh County Prosecutor's Office
Vigo Vigo County Crime Victim Assistance Program
Wabash Family Service Society, Inc./Hands of Hope/Flannery-Keal House
Washington Hoosier Hills PACT
Warren Bi-County Domestic Violence Program
Wayne YWCA Genesis
Wells YWCA Northeast Indiana
Whitley YWCA Northeast Indiana

Indiana's Protection Order Registry and its advocate access features were developed by Court Technology.