How to Apply for a Domestic Violence Protection Order
You can find forms and learn about the process to file for a protection order here.
Before you begin:
- Make sure you are filling out the correct forms. This page is only for those who want to apply for a domestic violence protection order against a family member, an ex-spouse, or an ex-boyfriend or girlfriend because of domestic violence. You cannot file this kind of order against an adult siblings or adult cousin.
There are many other kinds of protection orders you may qualify for, which you can learn about on the Protection Order Overview page. If you need a protection order against stalking or harassment, harm to children, sexual assault, or harassment in the workplace, visit the Civil Law Self-Help Center’s website for forms and information.
- Contact an advocate for help. If you want to talk to someone about safety planning, emergency resources, or discuss whether a protection order is a good idea at this point, there are advocates who can talk about your options. Visit the domestic violence page for a list of advocates you can contact.
Follow these steps to apply for a domestic violence protection order:
1: Fill out the forms. There are several forms you will have to fill out and sign.
2: File the forms. Email your completed forms for filing.
3: Wait for a phone call from the Judge. The judge will contact you either the same day or the next business day for a short hearing.
Learn more about each step below.
Download and save the forms to your computer before you start filling them out, or your information will not save.
These packets include every form you need.
These are the individual forms if you'd rather do them separately:
TPO UCCJEA Declaration Form (pdf fillable) - required if children are included in the TPO request
TPO Family Court Cover Sheet (pdf fillable) - required
The judge typically holds a short hearing by phone as long as your paperwork is turned in by roughly 4:00. If it is too late for the judge to review your case the same day, the judge will decide it the next day. You will get a decision as soon as you have a telephone hearing with the judge.
You will get a call from a number that looks like this: (702) 455-xxxx. Please answer your phone if you see a call from a number that looks like that, as that is the judge or the judge's staff trying to reach you. If you do not answer, your application may be delayed or denied.
Get copies of your TPO
If there are addresses the other person has to stay away from (work, schools, etc.), get enough copies of the TPO so each location can keep one. Give a copy to each location so they know the adverse party is to stay away. The court will give you certified copies for free. Keep a copy of the TPO with you at all times.
The Adverse Party will be served
If the protection order is granted, the court will arrange for the Sheriff to serve the other person if he/she lives in Clark County. You may be responsible for finding someone to serve them if they live somewhere else or if you did not provide an address for them. Whoever serves the adverse party must fill out an Affidavit of Service, and this form must be filed at the court.
If no one is able to serve the adverse party in person, you can request permission to serve by alternate means, such as email, social media, text., etc. The following packet includes the instructions and forms needed to do this:
The protection order is not enforceable against the other person until they are served! If the other person shows up or causes problems, call 911. The officers can serve the adverse party with the papers if the person is there when officers arrive.
If you requested an Extended Protection Order:
There will be a hearing. It is listed on your paperwork. Fill out the form below to appear by phone at the hearing. If you do not make plans to participate, the judge cannot extend your order and your TPO will expire.
You can ask for a court advocate to go with you to the hearing. Call SafeNest at (702) 877-0133 or SAFE House at (702) 564-3227 if you would like an advocate.
The Adverse Party may file to cancel or change the order
The other person has the right to file a motion setting a court date so the judge can review whether to cancel or change the terms. The court will let you know if this happens. You can file a response, or you can just go to the hearing.