Orders of Protection

An Order of Protection is a court order intended to prevent acts of domestic violence. The person you want the order against must have committed or threatened to commit an act of domestic violence against you or a protected person (minor child, etc.) within the last year.

Domestic violence includes:

  • Assault of any kind
  • Child or vulnerable adult abuse
  • Criminal damage
  • Trespassing
  • Crimes against Children
  • Custodial interference
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Endangerment
  • Kidnapping
  • Threats or Intimidation
  • Unlawful imprisonment.

A child of the defendant may not be included in an Order of Protection unless the Judge finds reasonable cause to believe that physical harm has resulted or may result to the child or the alleged acts of domestic violence involved the child. If you are currently involved in a pending legal action related to divorce, legal separation, paternity, child support, custody or visitation or intend to file one of these actions, the petition for an Order of Protection must be filed in the Pima County Superior Court.

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