Temporary Protective Orders

Temporary Protection Orders

Victims of domestic violence can apply to the family court for protection orders to keep their abusers away. A "temporary protection order" (a "TPO") may be issued for up to a month, and an extended protection order may be issued for up to a year. 

There are many agencies who can help victims of domestic violence.  If you are not sure what to do, it may be best to speak with a domestic violence advocate about your options first.  Visit the Domestic Violence section of this website for more information.


To Apply for a Protection Order Against Domestic Violence:

Fill out all of these three forms:

Application for Protection Order Against Domestic Violence (pdf fillable)

Confidential Information Sheet (pdf fillable)

Family Court Cover Sheet (pdf fillable)

Bring the forms to the Family Courthouse at 601 N. Pecos Road, Las Vegas, NV.  You can visit the Violence Intervention Program office and speak to the staff there if you have questions.

File your papers with the filing clerks located outside courtroom 19.  You will be able to see a judge the same day as long as your paperwork is filed by roughly 4:00.  If it is too late to see the judge that day, you can see the judge the next morning.  You will get a decision as soon as you see the judge.

If the protection order is granted, the court will arrange to have the other person served.  There may be more hearings for you to attend depending on if you want a protection order for longer than 30 days, or if the other person files paperwork to cancel the protection order.


The Family Court only handles protection orders for victims of domestic violence. There are many other behaviors that may require a protection order as well. The Civil Law Self-Help Center has information and forms available to obtain protection orders against stalking or harassment, harm to children, sexual assault, or harassment in the workplace. Please visit the Civil Law Self-Help Center’s website for more information.