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Restraining Orders

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Laws current as of November 7, 2023

In which county can I file for an order of protection?

You can file for a protection order in the district court in the county where:

  • the abuser lives;
  • you live permanently; or
  • you live temporarily to escape the abuse.1

However, if you left the home and want to keep the new address where you are staying confidential, filing in that county is risky. It could alert the abuser to the fact that you are living in that county. When you file for a protective order, the court papers have to be served to the abuser. These court papers have the state and county written on them, even if you ask to keep your address confidential.

1 I.C. § 39-6304(2), (6)