Applying for a Protective Order
If you are in immediate danger, call 911.
If you need emergency shelter, call the 24-hour Mission Granbury crisis hotline at 817-579-6848.
What is a Protective Order?
- A Protective Order is a civil lawsuit against another person. The Court may only grant a Protective Order for one of the following reasons:
- If there have been acts of family violence and family violence is likely to recur in the future as defined in the Texas Family Code;
- If a person is a victim of sexual assault as defined in the Texas Penal Code and the Code of Criminal Procedure;
- If a person is a victim of stalking as defined in the Texas Penal Code and the Code of Criminal Procedure; or
- If a person is a victim of human trafficking as defined in the Texas Penal Code and the Code of Criminal Procedure.
- A Protective Order may include an applicant and children, if necessary.
- A Protective Order may prohibit the Respondent from contacting, threatening, harassing, intimidating, following, and assaulting the protected person or persons.
- The Order may also prohibit a person from coming within a certain distance of a person’s home, school, or workplace.
- The Order may also prohibit the Respondent from possessing a firearm.
- A Protective Order may be filed in the county where you live, in the county where the Respondent lives, or in the county where the abuse occurred.
- The duration of a Protective Order may vary depending on an Applicant’s particular needs.
- If you qualify for a Protective Order, there is no charge to you for filing. The County Attorney’s Office will represent you.
- A Protective Order is enforceable in all fifty states.
How to Begin the Process:
- You may access our Protective Order Information document online (see links below).
- You may complete the Protective Order Questionnaire:
Here Are Our Protective Order Documents:For information about Protective Orders, read our
Protective Order Information:
Protective Order Questionnaire:
Sometimes, victims find it helpful to use a calendar to document incidents of domestic violence, verbal abuse, stalking, and threats.
You may download a 2016 Victim Calendar here.
Evaluation and Interview Appointment:
- Once you complete the Protective Order Questionnaire and return it to our office one of our attorneys will review it.
- If you qualify for a Protective Order, we will set up an appointment with you to meet with an attorney.
- During your interview appointment, we will discuss your situation, your individual needs, and complete your affidavit.
- After your interview appointment, an attorney will prepare and file your Application for a Protective Order and your Request for a Temporary ex parte Order.
- Once we file your Application for a Protective Order with the Court, the first official Court action is the granting of a Temporary ex parte Protective Order.
- Once the Respondent is personally served with a copy of the Temporary ex parte Order, it will be effective and you will be protected.
- A Respondent who violates a Temporary ex parte Protective Order may be arrested under §25.07 Texas Penal Code.
- The Court will schedule a hearing on your final Protective Order.
- You will need to attend the hearing and provide testimony.
- Our Victim Services staff will be with you for the hearing.
- See our website for more details or call us at 817-579-3216 (ask for Victim Services).