Personal Protection Orders (PPO's)

PPO's do not guarantee your safety.  If you fear for your life or need help with applying for a PPO, please call us

A Personal Protection Order (PPO) is a Circuit Court order prohibiting a perpetrator from certain behaviors.  A PPO allows the police to make an immediate arrest that would not otherwise be criminal.  A PPO is effective upon the judge’s signature and remains in effect for no less than six months.

There are three types of PPO's: Domestic, Stalking, and Sexual Assault.

  • A Domestic Violence PPO would be appropriate when a domestic relationship exists, when an abuser is the spouse or former spouse, has a child in common with the victim, is a resident or former resident of the same household as the victim, or is a former boyfriend/girlfriend of the victim.

  • A Stalking PPO would be appropriate when someone that does not meet the above criteria and has engaged in 2 or more contacts that meets the stalking definition. 
    Stalking is any repeated action by any person that would cause someone to feel terrorized, harassed, molested, or afraid.

  • A Sexual Assault PPO would be appropriate when sexual violence has been committed against you, when there is a situation where someone is in fear of sexual violence, or has furnished pornographic materials to minors. 

It is not necessary to hire an attorney to file for a PPO.  DASAS has advocates that can assist survivors in filing for a PPO. 

The forms can be found at your local Clerk’s office, or may be obtained by meeting with a DASAS PPO Courthouse Advocate.

The survivor may have to report to the court on two occasions: 

  1. If the judge denies the PPO, the victim may request a hearing so the judge can hear their story. 

  2. The perpetrator also has the right to file a motion to terminate the PPO.  If this occurs, the petitioner must appear at the scheduled hearing.

It is the survivors’s responsibility to have the PPO served to the abuser. Any adult (with the exception of the survivor) can serve the PPO. 

The PPO may also be mailed to the abuser via registered restricted mail.  For a fee, a process server and some police departments will serve the order.

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