File a protection order

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What is an order of protection?

An order of protection is a court order that prohibits someone from abusing, molesting, stalking, threatening, communicating with, committing domestic violence or sexual assault against and/or otherwise disturbing the peace of the petitioner. An order may also include provisions such as communication regarding a shared child and orders related to financial issues, the surrender of a firearm, substance abuse evaluations and/or abuse intervention programming.

To file for a protection order in St. Louis Circuit Court, one (or more) of the following must be true:

  • You reside in the City of St. Louis
  • The respondent can be served with paperwork in the City of St. Louis
  • The abuse/stalking/sexual assault occurred in the City of St. Louis

Three ways to file an order of protection:
1. You may visit the Adult Abuse Office on the ninth floor of the Civil Courts Building at 10 North Tucker Boulevard to complete paperwork between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays (excluding holidays).
2. In case of emergency and you need to file outside of the hours listed above, you may visit the nearest police department in the City of St. Louis. You can complete the forms online, print them and take them with you to the police department OR the police department should have petition packets available.
3. On weekdays (excluding holidays), you may submit your petition online by completing the form below. 

Communicating your information to the court in a secure manner is important to us.  To submit your protection order petition(s) to us, you must first register your email account so your form can be submitted securely.

Registration is simple and fast. Once you submit your first and last name and a valid email address, you will be directed to downloadable instructions on completing the petition and a secure email address where you can send it. Attorneys also may now file protection orders on behalf of clients through this online portal. However, you must still go through this secured email process when doing so. 

Download instructions for filing a protection order to your computer, complete and save the petition before submitting it.
Adult order of protection instructions
Child order of protection instructions

Submit your name and email address to receive instructions for establishing secure email communications with the court.

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