Step 1: Get the necessary forms.
To start your case, you will need to fill out the necessary forms for a protection order. To find contact information for the courthouse in your area, click on TN Courthouse Locations.
You can get the forms from the civil clerk at the courthouse but you may want to find them before you go and fill them out at home or with an advocate from a domestic abuse organization. You will find links to forms online on the TN Download Court Forms page.
Many shelters and other domestic abuse prevention organizations can provide support for you while you fill out these papers and go to court. Go to TN Advocates and Shelters to find an organization in your area.