POLICE Department

Family Violence Unit - Protective Orders

A protective order can be obtained at:


Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse - DVDA (also files divorce and custody papers
Monday - Friday: 9:00am - 4:00pm
1001 Texas Ave., Suite 600
713-224-9911 (call for appointment)

Houston Volunteer Lawyers (also files divorce and custody papers)
Monday - Friday: 8:30am - 4:30pm
806 Main 16th Floor
713-228-0732 (call for appointment)

Harris County District Attorney's Office - Family Criminal Law Division
Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 4:00pm
Thursdays: 8:00am - 3:00pm
1201 Franklin, Suite 2160

Cost: FREE


  • History of family violence or future danger
  • Related by blood or marriage
  • Previously lived together
  • Have a child together

Time: 3-5 weeks processing time

Duration: valid for 2 years

Usual Sanctions (prohibits suspect from):

  • Committing family violence on XXXX
  • Communicating directly with XXXX in a threatning or harassing manner
  • Communicating a threat through any person to XXXX
  • Going to or near the residence or place of employment of XXXX

Criminal Sanctions: A person can be arrested for violating a protective order. Violation of the protective order is an assault, stalking, or there are two previous convictions. Both offenses are punishable by jail time and/ or fine.