Step 1: Fill out the necessary forms and file them in court.
You can get and file a petition for an order for protection at the appropriate courthouse - see In which country can I file for an order for protection? Check our MN Courthouse Locations to find the courthouse in your area. At the courthouse, the clerk will provide you with the forms that you need to file. If you need assistance filling out the form, you may ask the clerk for help or you can try to get help through one of the domestic violence organizations listed on our MN Advocates and Shelters page.
You will also find links to online forms at our MN Download Court Forms page.
If you are applying for a temporary ex parte order, you will have to include a detailed description of the facts and circumstances concerning the family violence and the need for the immediate protective order. Also, you must sign the application under oath.
Read the petition carefully and ask questions if you don’t understand something. Describe in detail how the abuser (respondent) injured or threatened you. Explain when and where the abuse or threats occurred. Write about the incidents of violence, using descriptive language (slapping, hitting, grabbing, choking, threatening, etc.) that fits your situation. Be specific. Include details and dates, if possible.
Note: Do not sign the form until you have shown it to a clerk. The form must be signed in front of a notary public at the courthouse.