Protection orders, also known as restraining orders, are a legal recourse individuals can seek to enhance their safety. While protection orders are legally enforceable, it’s essential to recognize that a protection order is a document granted by the court that can enhance safety but may not guarantee it. As a victim, only you can determine if obtaining a protection order is the safest course of action for you and your family. If your offender disregards the law or if obtaining an order might escalate the situation, carefully consider your options before seeking a court order.
Our Victim Advocates, available on our 24/7 hotline (330-376-0040), can discuss your unique situation and help you make an informed decision about what to include in your safety plan.
Keeping this in mind, below includes a brief explanation of different types of orders available to victims in Ohio. An in-depth and detailed explanation about everything you need to know about orders can be found in Ohio Domestic Violence Network’s Self Help Legal Manual. Filing for a protection order is free of charge. While it’s not necessary to have a lawyer when applying for a protection order, having legal assistance can be beneficial as advocates can’t provide legal advice.
Civil Protection Orders (CPO)
Dating Violence Civil Protection Order (DTCPO)
Juvenile Civil Protection Order
Stalking and Sexually Oriented Offenses Protection Order (SSOOPO)
Criminal Domestic Violence Temporary Protection Orders (DVTPO)