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
  Fort Wayne PD (Victims Assistance)
Bartholomew Turning Point Domestic Violence Services
Blackford Jennings County Council on Domestic Violence
Boone A Better Way
  Family Crisis Shelter
  Domestic Violence Network
  Beacon of Hope Crisis Center
Brown Turning Point Domestic Violence Services
  Desert Rose Foundation
Carroll Carroll County Sheriff's Department
Cass Family Services Association of Howard County
Clark Center for Women and Families
Clay Family Support Services of West Central Indiana
  Council on Domestic Abuse
Clinton YWCA of Greater Lafayette
Crawford Hoosier Hills PACT
  Crisis Connection
  YWCA of Evansville
Dearborn Safe Passage
Decatur New Directions
  Turning Point
  Jennings County Council on Domestic Violence
Dekalb YWCA Northeast Indiana
  Center For Non-Violence
Delaware A Better Way
  Office of Victim Services Ball State University
Dubois Crisis Connection, Inc
  YWCA of Evansville
Elkhart YWCA of North Central Indiana
Fayette YWCA Genesis
Floyd Center for Women & Families
Fountain Family Crisis Shelter
  Wabash Valley Alliance Beyond the Violence
  Hope Springs Safe House
Franklin Safe Passage
Fulton Beaman Home
  Heminger House
Grant Family Service Society, Inc./Hands of Hope/Flannery-Keal House
Greene Middle Way House
Hamilton Prevail
  Beacon of Hope
  Alternatives Inc.
  Coburn Safe Place Haven
  Domestic Violence Network
Hancock Julian Center
  Coburn Safe Place Haven
  Salvation Army Ruth Lilly Women and Children’s Shelter
Harrison Hoosier Hills PACT
Hendricks Beacon of Hope
  Sheltering Wings Center for Women
  Desert Rose Foundation
  Julian Center
  Coburn Safe Place Haven
Henry Safe At Home
Howard Family Service Association of Howard County
Huntington YWCA Northeast Indiana
  Center For Non-Violence
Jackson Turning Point Domestic Violence Services
  Jennings County Council on Domestic Violence
Jasper Haven House
  North Central Indiana Rural Crisis Center
Jay A Better Way
Jefferson Turning Point Domestic Violence Services
  Safe Passage
Jennings Jennings County Council on Domestic Violence
Johnson Beacon of Hope
  Turning Point Domestic Violence Services
  Desert Rose Foundation
  Julian Center
  Coburn Safe Place Haven
  Sheltering Wings Center for Women
Knox Hope's Voice
LaGrange Elijah Haven Crisis Intervention Center
Lake Gary Commission for Women
  Haven House
  The Caring Place
  St. Jude House
LaPorte Stepping Stone Shelter For Women, Inc
Lawrence Hoosier Hills PACT
  Middle Way House
Madison Alternatives, Inc.
Marion Beacon of Hope
  Julian Center
  Coburn Safe Place Haven
  Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  Families First
  Deaf School Police Department
  Desert Rose Foundation
  Sheltering Wings Center for Women
  Prevail
  Salvation Army Ruth Lilly Women and Children’s Shelter
Marshall YWCA of North Central Indiana
  Beaman Home
  Heminger House
Martin Middle Way House
  Crisis Connection
Miami Family Service Association of Howard County
Monroe Middle Way House
  Desert Rose Foundation
Montgomery Family Crisis Shelter
  Sheltering Wings Center for Women
Morgan Desert Rose Transitional Shelter
  Middle Way House
Newton North Central Indiana Rural Crisis Center
Noble YWCA Northeast Indiana
  Center for Nonviolence
Ohio Safe Passage
Orange Hoosier Hills PACT
  YWCA of Evansville
  Crisis Connection
Owen Family Support Services of West Central Indiana
  Desert Rose Foundation
Parke Family Support Services of West Central Indiana
  Council on Domestic Abuse
Perry YWCA of Evansville
  Crisis Connection
Pike YWCA of Evansville
  Crisis Connection
Porter Haven House
  The Caring Place
Posey Albion Fellows Bacon Center
  YWCA of Evansville
Pulaski North Central Indiana Rural Crisis Center
Putnam Family Support Services, Inc.
  Family Crisis Shelter
  Sheltering Wings Center for Women
Randolph A Better Way
Ripley Safe Passage, Inc.
  Jennings County Council on Domestic Violence
Rush Rush County Victims Assistance
St. Joseph Family Justice Center of St. Joseph County
  YWCA of St. Joseph County
Scott Hoosier Hills PACT
Shelby Turning Point Domestic Violence Services
Spencer YWCA of Evansville
  Crisis Connection
Starke The Caring Place
  Heminger House
Steuben Community Anti-Violence Alliance
Sullivan Council on Domestic Abuse
Switzerland Safe Passage
Tippecanoe YWCA Lafayette
Tipton Family Services Association of Howard County
  Prevail
  Alternatives Inc.
Union YWCA Genesis
Vanderburgh Albion Fellows Bacon Center
  YWCA of Evansville
Vermillion Council on Domestic Abuse
Vigo Vigo County Crime Victim Assistance Program
  Council on Domestic Abuse
Wabash Family Service Society, Inc./Hands of Hope/Flannery-Keal House
Warrick Albion Fellows Bacon Center
Washington Hoosier Hills PACT
Warren Wabash Valley Alliance Beyond the Violence
  Hope Springs Safe House
Wayne YWCA Genesis
Wells YWCA Northeast Indiana
  Center for Nonviolence
  Adams Wells Crisis Center
White YWCA of Greater Lafayette
Whitley YWCA Northeast Indiana

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