Select a Language

Home Self-help Library Families and Kids Civil Protection Orders

Civil Protection OrdersPrintE-mailPDF

What is a Civil Protection Order (CPO)?

A Civil Protection Order is a Court Order. It is intended to help protect victims of domestic violence and children who have been abused.

What can a court order do for me?

Some possible CPO orders include:

  • Stay away from victim’s residence, school or place of employment
  • Prohibition against further abuse
  • Exclusive possession of the residence
  • Exclusive use of an automobile
  • Custody of children
  • Temporary visitation orders
  • Temporary child support
  • Temporary spousal support
  • Mandatory counseling for the abuser

How much does it cost?

It is free to file for a Civil Protection Order.

Which court do I go to?

A CPO petition may be filed in any Common Pleas Court. The victim does not have to be living in the County in which he or she files a petition.

How can I get help?

If you have been a vicitim of domestic violence you should call one of the resources listed below.  Your local domestic violence shelter can help you decide which steps make sense for you.

 

 

Columbiana

Christina's House
330-428-0036

Alliance Area Domestic Violence Shelter
330-823-7223

Mahoning

Sojourner House
330-747-4040

Alliance Area Domestic Violence Shelter
330-823-7223

 

Medina

Battered Women's Shelter
1-877-414-1344 (24hr crisis hotline)
330-723-3900 (crisis)
330-723-961

Portage

Safer Futures
330-673-2500

 

Stark

Domestic Violence Project, In.
Canton 330-453-7233
Massillon 330-393-1565

Alliance Area Domestic Violence Shelter
330-823-7223

Summit

Battered Women's Shelter
1-888-395-4357 (24hr crisis hotline)
330-374-1111 (crisis)
330-374-0740 (business)


Trumbull

Someplace Safe
330-393-1565 or
330-393-3003

 

Wayne

Every Woman's House
330-263-1020 (24hr crisis hotline)
1-800-686-1122 (toll free)
330-263-6021

You can also contact Victim's Assistance
330-262-2070

 

What do I have to do to get a CPO?

Obtaining a CPO is a two-step process.

First, the Petitioner/ victim fills out a written petition. Then he or she testifies under oath. If the Judge or Magistrate determines that the individual is a victim of domestic, a temporary (ex parte) CPO is issued and the Court schedules a second hearing, usually within 7 to 10 days. The Respondent/ alleged abuser is then served a copy of this order and informed of the date of the second hearing.

At the second or full hearing, both parties are entitled to be represented by a lawyer. Both parties may testify under oath and present other witnesses and evidence. After hearing all of the evidence, the Court will issue a decision granting, or denying the petition. If the petition is granted, the CPO will include a series of orders. A CPO may last for up to five years.

How can I get hore Information or Help from a Lawyer?

If you have questions that are not answered by this brochure or you need legal advice and representation, please call our HelpLine at 1-800-998-9454.

 

This article is meant to give you general information and not to give you specific legal advice.
Prepared by Community Legal Aid Services, Inc. CE-37-BR142-CLAS

GoogleNews