There are three ways to obtain a protective order:
- Represent yourself in the lawsuit; or
- Hire a private attorney; or
- Seek out a non-profit agency in town that provides FREE representation for protective orders.
Who provides FREE legal assistance for protective orders?
- The Travis County Attorney’s Office, Family Violence Division
- Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA)
- Texas Advocacy Project (WAP)
- The University of Texas, Domestic Violence Clinic
(Available seasonally during the academic year)
How do I apply for a Protective Order at the Travis County Attorney’s Office?
You must apply in person at our office. We are located at 314 W. 11Th Street, Suite 300. We are open Monday-Friday between 8am to 5pm. There is metered parking around the building, bring quarters for the meters.
Please note, that after the initial screening it may take a couple of hours to complete the paperwork.
We provide services in Spanish.
What do I need to bring with me to apply for a Protective Order?
These items are REQUIRED:
- A valid government issued ID (Driver’s license, Military ID, etc.)
- A current and valid address for the person that you need to have stay away from you.
These items are helpful:
- Copies of divorce and/or custody agreements
- Social security number of your child(ren)
- Names & addresses of your child(ren)’s school
- CPS caseworker and/or case number