What is a protection order?
A protection order is an order that is signed by a judge and tells someone who is harming you to stop or face serious legal consequences. It offers civil legal protection for victims of:
- domestic abuse committed by a family or household member;
- sexual assault committed by anyone; and
- stalking committed by anyone.1
Victims of these offenses can apply for a protection order if they have been subjected to, threatened with, or placed in fear of the acts listed above or of sexual exploitation of a minor or a human trafficking offense.2
1 TN ST § 36-3-602(a)
2 TN ST §§ 36-3-602(a); 36-3-601(7)