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Restraining Orders

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October 6, 2020

In which county can I file for a protection order?

If the abuser lives in Tennessee, you have to file the petition in the county where the abuser lives, or in the county in which the domestic abuse, stalking, or sexual assault took place. If the abuser does not live in Tennessee, you can file the petition in the county where you live.1

1 TN ST § 36-3-602(d)