You have the right to be safe and free from abuse in your relationship.
You have the right to tell someone about the abuse, if you choose.
You have the right to be protected when on school grounds.
You have the right to call the police if you’re in danger.
You have the right to receive a domestic violence protection order, even if you’re under 18 years of age.
What is a Protection Order?
In Texas, you can receive a protection order that can protect you from an abusive dating partner. This FREE court order can prevent your current or ex-partner from:
Threatening or abusing you
Contacting or coming near you or your family Coming to your school, home or work Possessing a gun
The order may also require your current or ex-partner to:
Move out of your home
Agree to a custody and visitation schedule, if you have children Give you use of shared personal property
Pay you child support or spousal support
>Participate in counseling or a batterer’s intervention program Do anything else the court finds is necessary for your protection
A protection order can be changed if things in your life change (for example, if you transfer to a new school or get a new job).
You can get a protection order against someone who:
You are/were dating, living with or married to OR
You have a child with OR
You are related to by blood or marriage
What types of abuse qualify you for a protection order:
Threatened, attempted or actually physically or sexually abused you
Stalked or harassed you
Other types of abuse may also qualify
How do I get a Protection Order?
If you are under 18 years old, an adult must go to court with you to file for a protection order on your behalf. Texas law does not say whether the court has to notify your parent/guardian if you receive a protection order.
There are also options to receive an Emergency Order of Protection. A legal advocate (such as the ones listed on the “Get Help” panel) can advise you on your options and help you choose the best way to proceed.
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