Know the Laws: Texas
UPDATED July 19, 2016
A protective order is a legal order issued by a state court which requires one person to stop harming another. The order can also place other restrictions on the abuser, such as ordering him/her to stay away from you or stop contacting you. In Texas, there are protective orders based on family violence and based on sexual assault or abuse, stalking, or trafficking.
Some restraining orders are issued in criminal court and some are issued in civil court.
A civil order provides protection from harm by someone you have a specific relationship with.
A civil court order that is designed to protect you from someone who sexually assaulted you, committed other sexual offenses against you, stalked you, stalked you, trafficked you or forced you into prostitution.
Your protective order can be enforceable wherever you move to.
If you are planning to move to Texas or are going to be in TX for any reason, your protection or restraining order can be enforced.
WomensLaw.org would like to thank the Texas Council on Family Violence for its assistance in providing the information below, with a special thank you to Tracy Grinstead-Everly, JD, Policy Manager.