Step 2: Fill out the necessary forms.
The clerk will provide you with the forms that you need to file. On the protective order form, you will be the “petitioner” and the abuser will be the “defendant.” Carefully fill out the forms. Write briefly about the incidents of violence, using descriptive language, such as slapping, hitting, grabbing, choking, threatening, etc., that fits your situation. Be specific. Include details and dates, if possible.
If you need assistance filling out the forms, ask the clerk for help. Some courts may have an advocate that can assist you. Also, a domestic violence organization may be able to provide you with help filling out the forms. To find a shelter or an advocate at a local program, please visit our MS Advocates and Shelters page.
Note: Do not sign the petition until you have shown it to a clerk, as the form may need to be notarized or signed in the presence of court personnel.