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Indiana Supreme Court
Division of State Court Administration
30 S. Meridian St., Suite 500
Indianapolis, IN 46204
If you are the victim of domestic or sexual violence, or if you believe you or your children are in danger of being harmed by someone in your life, there is help for you. Throughout the state of Indiana, hundreds of trained advocates work every day to help victims find safety, and in many situations a protection order can be a useful tool.
In the past, as a victim, you might find yourself standing in line at the clerk's office waiting to file a petition, and in the midst of all the other public business happening there, you would then have to explain intimate details about the situation to get the petition completed.
Indiana now has an online system to petition for protection orders, which means that you can seek assistance in the security and privacy of an advocate's office while the advocate prepares and files the petition electronically. The advocate will interview you to discover the necessary information for the court filing and will allow you to review and edit the forms before they are submitted to the court. While an original signature is needed on the papers filed with the court, most agencies will deliver the signed forms to the clerk’s office on your behalf.
Because all protection orders in Indiana are to be filed electronically—as mandated in 2009 by the Indiana General Assembly—police officers and FBI agents in the field have access to the most current information about these orders. This includes identification of the protected party or parties, identification and description of the respondent (defendant), whether a firearm restriction was ordered, and other important details.
When an order of protection is granted to you, you are advised to keep a copy with you at all times. However, that may not always happen. Now that the information is available to law enforcement electronically, this means that if you have a protection order filed in one county, and you travel to another county (or another state), if it becomes necessary for you to seek police assistance, local officers can access your protection order information even if you don't have a copy of it with you.
In addition to the courts and law enforcement having online access to protection order information, a protection order search is now available on this website. Information about the victim is not included in the online records, but information about the respondent (defendant) and the order are. In addition, when you file a protection order, you can ask to be notified electronically—by text message and/or email—of events in the case, such as approval of the order by the court and service of the order on the respondent. Watch a video about the benefits of Indiana's system for electronic protection orders.
For help finding an advocate or shelter, or for more information about domestic violence, visit the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV) website or call their 24-hour statewide hotline at 1.800.332.7385.
For detailed contact information for advocate organizations and shelters throughout the state, see the ICADV Resource Directory.
The following organizations are users of Indiana's advocate access to file petitions for protection orders online.
|Adams||Adams Wells Crisis Center|
|Allen||YWCA Northeast Indiana|
|Center For Non-Violence|
|Fort Wayne PD (Victims Assistance)|
|Bartholomew||Legal Aid District Eleven, Inc|
|Turning Point Domestic Violence Services|
|Boone||Boone County Prosecutor's Office|
|Brown||Turning Point Domestic Violence Services|
|Carroll||Carroll County Sheriff's Department|
|Crawford||Hoosier Hills PACT|
|Dekalb||YWCA Northeast Indiana|
|Delaware||A Better Way|
|Office of Victim Services Ball State University|
|Dubois||Crisis Connection, Inc|
|Elkhart||Elkhart County Prosecutor's Office|
|Individuals & Families In Transition|
|Fayette||Fayette County Victim's Assistance|
|Floyd||Center for Women & Families|
|Fountain||Bi-County Domestic Violence Program|
|Gibson||Gibson County Prosecutor's Office|
|Grant||Family Service Society Inc|
|Harrison||Hoosier Hills PACT|
|Hendricks||Sheltering Wings Center for Women|
|Henry||Safe At Home|
|Howard||Family Service Association of Howard County|
|Huntington||YWCA Northeast Indiana|
|Jackson||Turning Point Domestic Violence Services|
|Jasper||De Motte Police Department|
|Jefferson||Turning Point Domestic Violence Services|
|Jennings||Department of Child Services|
|Jennings County Council on Domestic Violence|
|Johnson||Turning Point Domestic Violence Services|
|Lake||Gary Commission for Women|
|Lake County Sheriff's Department|
|St. Jude House|
|LaPorte||Stepping Stone Shelter For Women, Inc|
|Lawrence||Hoosier Hills PACT|
|Madison County Clerk's Office|
|Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence|
|Families First (formerly Family Service of Central Indiana)|
|Serenity Holistic Counseling Ministry, Inc|
|Deaf School Police Department|
|Martin||Middle Way House|
|Monroe||Middle Way House|
|Montgomery||Family Crisis Shelter|
|Morgan||Desert Rose Transitional Shelter|
|Noble||YWCA Northeast Indiana|
|Orange||Hoosier Hills PACT|
|Owen||Owen County Prosecutor's Office|
|Perry||Perry County Prosecutor's Office|
|Porter||Chesterton Police Department|
|Putnam||Family Support Services, Inc.|
|Randolph||Randolph Prosecutor's Office|
|Ripley||Safe Passage, Inc.|
|Rush||Rush County Victims Assistance|
|St. Joseph||Family Justice Center of St. Joseph County|
|YWCA of St. Joseph County|
|Scott||Scott County Prosecutor's Office|
|Hoosier Hills PACT|
|Shelby||Turning Point Domestic Violence Services|
|Spencer||Spencer County Prosecutor's Office|
|Steuben||Community Anti-Violence Alliance|
|Vanderburgh||Albion Fellows Bacon Center|
|Vanderburgh County Prosecutor's Office|
|Vigo||Vigo County Crime Victim Assistance Program|
|Washington||Hoosier Hills PACT|
|Warren||Bi-County Domestic Violence Program|
|Wells||YWCA Northeast Indiana|
|Whitley||YWCA Northeast Indiana|
Indiana's Protection Order Registry and its advocate access features were developed by the Indiana Supreme Court Judicial Technology and Automation Committee (JTAC).