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November 5, 2020

What is a protective order for sexual assault, sexual abuse, indecent assault, stalking, or trafficking?

A protective order for sexual assault, sexual abuse, indecent assault, stalking, or trafficking is a civil court order that is similar to a protective order for domestic violence, but it is designed specifically to protect you from someone who sexually assaulted you, committed other sexual offenses against you, stalked you, trafficked you or forced you into prostitution. You do not have to have a specific relationship to the perpetrator.1

1 See Texas C.C.P. Art. 7A.01(a)