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Orders 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.

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.

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.

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

Click here to go to Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands.

Click here to go to the TN District Attorneys General Conference.

Click here to go to West Tennessee Legal Services.

Click here to go to Memphis Area Legal Services.

Click on your county name on this map to find more information.