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Legal Information: Arkansas

Restraining Orders

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February 12, 2020

In which county can I file for a domestic violence order of protection?

You can file for a domestic violence order of protection in the county where you live (which includes a temporary stay in a domestic violence shelter),1 where the abuse occurred, or in any county where the abuser can be served with the court papers (i.e., where s/he lives or works).2

Note: If you are trying to keep your address confidential, consider that filing in the county where you are in shelter could alert the abuser to the fact that you are living in that county.

1 Ark. Code § 9-15-103(1)
2 Ark. Code § 9-15-201(b)