Protective Orders

A Protective Order can help keep you safe. However, an order is only one part of staying safe and may not be the safest option in every situation. If you have questions about other options to stay safe call:

The Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 602-279-2900 or 800-782-6400

IF YOU ARE IN IMMEDIATE DANGER CALL 911

There are several available civil options that can provide for the safety of victims of domestic assaults and their families, such as an Order of Protection, Injunction Against Harassment and Injunction Against Workplace Harassment. The type of relationship will determine the appropriate form and corresponding court order.

These options can prohibit the abuser from contacting, attacking, striking, telephoning, or disturbing the peace of the victim; Force the abuser to move from a residence shared with the victim; order the abuser to stay at least 100 yards away from the victim, his or her place of residence, and place of employment; order the abuser to attend counseling; and prohibit the abuser from purchasing a firearm. Orders of protection may also include a provision for the safety of children and others living in the home.

Violation of Orders: Violation of an order of protection is the equivalent of contempt of a court order. A violator may be arrested, fined and jailed and may be charged with a misdemeanor or a felony.

Individuals wishing assistance from the court may do so by reading the Plaintiff’s Guide Sheet for Protective Orders and completing the appropriate form for an Request for Hearing, Order of Protection, Injunction Against Harassment or Injunction Against Workplace Harassment. Completed forms must be presented to the Clerk of the Superior Court. Once presented and filed with the court, a hearing will immediately be scheduled before a judge.

**Protective Orders are to be filed in the Florence Office or JP Court Only**

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