Orders of Protection

What is an Order of Protection?
An Order of Protection is a court order signed by a judge.   The Order can help protect you from:

  • Abuse,
  • Threats of abuse or sexual assault, and
  • Stalking.

The Order of Protection allows the police or law enforcement to arrest the abuser without a warrant.

Who can get an Order of Protection?
You can get an Order of Protection if you are hit or threatened by:

  • Your past or present husband or wife,
  • Your child’s other parent,
  • Someone you have lived with,
  • Someone you are related to by blood, marriage or adoption,
  • Someone you have dated or had sex with,
  • Someone who stalked you, or
  • Someone who raped or threatened to rape you.

How can I get an Order of Protection?
To get an Order of Protection, you must file court forms at the court clerk’s office in the county where the abuse happened or where the abuser lives.

To get the forms you need,

  • Go to the court clerk's office, or
  • Click here.

Need more general information on Orders of Protection?

  • Click here to go to Legal Aid of East Tennessee, or
  • Click here to go to Southeast Tennessee Legal Services

Need to know how to file an Order of Protection or what to do do at the Order of Protection Hearing?
Click here to go to Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands.

Want to see answers to common questions about Orders of Protection?
Click here to go to the TN District Attorneys General Conference.

Are you a victim and need more information about how to stay safe?
Click here to go to West Tennessee Legal Services.

Do you live in the Memphis area and need an Order of Protection?
Click here to go to Memphis Area Legal Services.

Resources for Victims of Domestic Violence:
Click on your county name on this map or list to find more information.

Important! Court employees are not allowed to make referrals to lawyers, do legal research, or give legal advice.