Who can get an order for protection?
In Indiana, you can seek legal protection against a family or household member, which is defined below (as well as against anyone, regardless of the relationship, who committed stalking or a sex offense against you). A person is considered a family or household member if:
- s/he is, or used to be, your spouse;
- you and the abuser lived together in an intimate relationship;
- you and the abuser have a child in common;
- you and the abuser are dating, or have dated, each other or have had a sexual relationship;
- you and the abuser are related by blood or adoption;
- you and the abuser are related by marriage;
- the abuser is, or used to be, your guardian, ward, custodian, foster parent or someone in a similar capacity;
- you are the minor child of a person in one of the types of relationships described above; or
- you adopted the child of the abuser.*
Note: If an abuser has been violent towards you, stalked you, or threatened you with violence that might be carried out at your workplace, your employer has the right to file for a restraining order on your behalf.** See Workplace Violence Restraining Orders for more information. If the abuser was arrested for family violence, you may also receive a “no contact order” from the criminal court, which offers some of the same protections as a civil order for protection.
* IC § 34-6-2-44.8; see also the petition for an order of protection on the Indiana Judicial Branch website
** IC §§ 34-26-6-6; 34-26-6-7