Step 4: Service of process
The court will send copies of the petition, ex parte order, and notice of the hearing to the police or sheriff. A law enforcement agency will serve the abuser. Do not try to serve the papers on the abuser yourself. The clerk may ask you to provide the following information about the abuser to help with service of the petition and registry of the order into the Protection Order Registry: 1) an accurate address for him/her; 2) his/her date of birth; 3) his/her Social Security number.1 If you have this information, bring it with you to court when you file.
You can find more information about service of process in our Preparing for Court – By Yourself section, in the question called What is service of process and how do I accomplish it?
1 See “Instructions for petition for order for protection,” available at the Indiana Courts website