Who Can Apply for a Temporary Protection Order (TPO)?


Any person who believes that she or he has been, or might become a victim of domestic violence may ask the Court for a Temporary Protection Order (TPO). You do not need an attorney to apply for and obtain a TPO.


In order to obtain a TPO, you and the batterer must be related by blood, be or have been married, be or have been living together, have at least one child in common, have or have been in a dating relationship.

If you are related to the batterer as required, you can obtain a TPO when any of the following acts have been committed against you or your child:

  • A battery
  • An assault
  • Compelling the other by force or threat to perform an act from which she/he has the right to refrain or to refrain from an act which she/he has the right to perform.
  • A sexual assault
  • A knowing, purposeful or reckless course of conduct intended to harass the other.
  • Stalking
  • Arson
  • Trespassing
  • Larceny
  • Destruction of private property
  • Carrying a concealed weapon without a permit
  • False Imprisonment
  • Unlawful entry of the other’s residence, or forcible entry against the other’s will if there is a reasonable foreseeable risk of harm to the other from the entry