You should not delay if you are considering a protective order since a long delay between an incident of violence and the protective order application may hurt the chances of it being granted by the court.

  • Protective Orders are court orders to protect victims of family violence.
  • A Protective Order are rules by which the abuser, also called the Respondent, must follow in order to have a safe relationship with you and your family or no relationship at all.
  • Only a judge can issue a Protective Order. With your input, a judge decides the rules that the Respondent must follow.
  • A Protective Order may be in effect for up to two years.
  • Consequences of violating a protective order

In general, a Protective Order might have the following rules:

An abuser/Respondent…

  • Can not hurt you
  • Can not verbally threaten to hurt you or a loved one
  • Can not go near your home or work
  • Can not go near your daycare or school of your children
  • Can not follow you
  • May be required to go to counseling
  • May be required to pay child support
  • May be required to follow a child visitation plan
  • If the abuser/Respondent breaks these rules they can be arrested.

Consequences of violating a protective order

TAX RATE: TRAVIS COUNTY ADOPTED A TAX RATE THAT WILL RAISE MORE TAXES FOR MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS THAN LAST YEAR'S TAX RATE. THE TAX RATE WILL EFFECTIVELY BE RAISED BY 3.6 PERCENT AND WILL RAISE TAXES FOR MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS ON A $100,000 HOME BY APPROXIMATELY $11.00.
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