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Protective Orders

Protective Orders are court orders to protect victims of family violence.

You may apply for a Protective Order if you are being physically abused or threatened with physical abuse by a family member, member of your household, or someone you used to live with.

The person the Protective Order is filed against is called the Respondent.

The Protective order can:
1. Prohibit the Respondent from committing violence against the victim
2. Prohibit the Respondent from going near the victim at work or at home
3. Prohibit the Respondent from threatening the victim
4. Prohibit the Respondent from going near the daycare or school of the children
5. Prohibit the Respondent from stalking the Applicant; engaging in any conduct that is likely to harass, annoy, alarm, abuse, torment, or embarrass a member of the household, including following the person
6. Require the Respondent to attend counseling
7. Set up child support and child visitation for a legal parent of the child or children


You can apply for a Protective Order by contacting any one of the following agencies (The Applicant must live in Travis County):

1. Travis County Attorney's Office
2. Legal Aid
3. Women's Advocacy Project


My family is experiencing violence
I would like to
get a protective order

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Legal Services Links:
Travis County Attorney's Office
Travis County District Attorney's Office
Legal Aid of Central Texas
Women's Advocacy Project

Social Services Links:
APD Victim Services
TCSO Victim Services
SafePlace: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Survival Center
Austin Child Guidance Center

Additional Resources:

Domestic Violence Hotlines and Resources

National Domestic Violence Hotline

Violence Against Women Office

Violence Agaianst Men and Women

Family Violence Awareness Page

Husband Battering

Child Abuse:

National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information

Prevent Child Abuse America

National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect

Child Abuse Yellow Pages

Family Violence

Child Abuse

Traffic Accidents and Fatalities

Legal Support and Information