Step 1: Go to court to get and file the petition.
Go to the county courthouse in the county:
- where you live, or
- where the abuser lives, or
- where the abuse took place.
In most counties in Indiana, you can go to any court to ask for a protective order. However, some counties may require that you go to a particular type of court or a particular division in a courthouse. To find the courthouse nearest you, go to IN Courthouse Locations.
At the courthouse, tell the civil court clerk that you want to file a petition for an order for protection. You can obtain a petition during normal business hours, Monday through Friday. The clerk will give you the forms. You will fill out a non-confidential petition, as well as a confidential form which is standardized across the state. In addition, you can find links to the petitions online, any time day or night, by going to IN Court Forms.