A protective order is a civil court order issued by a court with civil jurisdiction to prevent continuing acts of family violence. A protective order can order the abuser to:
- stay a specified distance, such as 200 yards, away from the addresses listed in the order, generally your home and work addresses
- not commit family violence against you
- not threaten or harass you or
threaten you through someone
- not possess any weapons unless that person is a peace officer
- not remove or harm pets or companion animals.
Generally a protective order is valid for up to two years and is enforceable by the police and other law enforcement.
The Protective Order Unit of the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney’s Office represents victims of family violence who seek protective orders. The Unit is located on the third floor of the Tarrant County Family Law Center at 200 East Weatherford Street in downtown Fort Worth.
Anyone seeking assistance may call the Protective Order Unit at (817) 884-1623 between 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday, or come to the office during intake hours which are 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday- Friday.
You or the abuser must live in Tarrant County, and you must provide a daytime address where the constable can serve the abuser with notice of the hearing date.
The Protective Order Unit cannot represent anyone who has any kind of criminal charge (DWI or hot checks, for example) pending in Tarrant County. If you have a divorce or any kind of suit affecting the parent child relationship (child support, visitation, custody, paternity) pending in Tarrant County, you will need to talk to your attorney about filing your protective order as part of that lawsuit.
Before the Criminal District Attorney’s Office can represent you in a protective order application, you must complete a questionnaire and supply us with information about your situation.
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