WomensLaw is not just for women. We serve and support all survivors, no matter their sex or gender.
Important: Even if courts are closed, you can still file for a protection order and other emergency relief. See our FAQ on Courts and COVID-19.
Legal Information: South Carolina
Updated: December 8, 2020
How much does it cost? Do I need a lawyer?
There is no fee for filing a petition for an order for protection from domestic violence.1
You do not need a lawyer to file for a restraining order, but it is better to have one if you can. If the abuser has an attorney, you should try to get one also.
In many places, local domestic violence agencies or sexual assault programs and/or court clerk’s offices can help you file for a order of protection. You will find a list of agencies that might be able to help you on the SC Places that Help page.
If you are going to be in court without a lawyer, our Preparing for Court – By Yourself section may be useful to you.
1 S.C. Code § 20-4-65
© 2008–2020 WomensLaw.org is a project of the National Network to End Domestic Violence, Inc. All rights reserved. This website is funded in part through a grant from the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. Neither the U.S. Department of Justice nor any of its components operate, control, are responsible for, or necessarily endorse, this website (including, without limitation, its content, technical infrastructure, and policies, and any services or tools provided). NNEDV is a 501©(3) non-profit organization; EIN 52-1973408.