Civil Protection Orders

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


Christina's House

Alliance Area Domestic Violence Shelter


Sojourner House

Alliance Area Domestic Violence Shelter


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


Safer Futures


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

Alliance Area Domestic Violence Shelter


Battered Women's Shelter

1-888-395-4357 (24hr crisis hotline)
330-374-1111 (crisis)

330-374-0740 (business)


Someplace Safe
330-393-1565 or


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

You can also contact Victim's Assistance


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 more 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