File a Protective Order


AZ PointAZPOINT, the Arizona Protective Order Initiation and Notification Tool, has been designed to help you fill out a petition for an Order of Protection. Through an interview in AZPOINT, you can quickly and accurately fill out the forms that are needed to request an Order of Protection at an Arizona court. An Order of Protection is a court order that is issued to stop a person from committing domestic violence or from contacting other people protected by the order. The portal will also help you figure out whether you (the plaintiff) and the person from whom you are seeking protection (the defendant) have a qualifying relationship for an Order of Protection. Your information will be saved in AZPOINT for up to 90 days. At any time during this 90-day period, you may take the next step of filing your petition at an Arizona court. Until you file your petition at a court, you will be able to return to AZPOINT to update your information if necessary. You are encouraged to speak to a victim advocate before you file your petition. An advocate can help you make a safety plan and give you more information about how an Order of Protection works and how it will be served on the defendant. 

For more information, visit the AZPOINT website.

Important Reminder

A Protective Order can keep you safe. However, an order is only one part of staying safe and may not be the safest option in every situation. If you have questions about other options to stay safe call:

  • The Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence at 602-279-2900 or 800-782-6400

If you are in immediate danger, call 911

If you would like to petition the court for an Order of Protection, Injunction Against Harassment or Workplace Harassment in person you must do so at our Florence location. After your arrival, please report to the Clerk's office lobby.

To start, choose which of the following Protective Orders fits your situation:

An Order of Protection is used for a "family" relationship between you and the Defendant. To obtain an Order of Protection one of the following must apply:

  1. Married now or in the past.
  2. Live together now or lived together in the past.
  3. Parent of a child in common.
  4. One of you is pregnant by the other.
  5. You are a relative (parent, in-law, brother, sister, or grandparent).
  6. Current or previous romantic or sexual relationship. Also, you must state how an act of domestic violence was threatened or committed against you within the last year.

Where do I file the Order of Protection?

971 Jason Lopez Circle
Building A
Florence AZ 85132

You will need to come as early as possible, try to come no later than 3 pm. This will allow the Court enough time to process your request.

Please Note: When petitioning the Court for a protective order, you will see a Judge in an undetermined time frame and must remain in the Clerk’s Office. You will be contacted by court staff at the Judge’s soonest availability.

Helpful Information Prior to Submitting your Forms to the Court

  • The electronic questionnaire must be completed in our main office located at:
    971 Jason Lopez Circle
    Building A
    Florence AZ 85132
    • Protective Orders are not accepted at any of our Satellite Office Locations.
  • If you are submitting attachments, all documents must be one sided and legible.
  • When filing emergency documents you should be prepared to wait for an undetermined time frame.
  • If you come later than 3:00 pm, the Court may not complete the processing of your emergency request, therefore you may need to return the next business day.
  • You may have a hearing and appear before the Judge and appropriate attire is required; no shorts or flip flops please.

Additional Information

  • Defendant - The defendant is the person against whom the plaintiff or other appropriate party is seeking protection from.
  • Plaintiff and Other Appropriate Requesting Parties - The Plaintiff is the person or other appropriate requesting party who files the petition for a protective Order. The Other Appropriate Requesting Party is a Parent, Legal Guardian or Legal Custodian of a Minor. If the person in need of a protection order is a minor, then the Parent, Legal Guardian or Person who has legal custody of the minor shall file the petition as the Plaintiff. The minor will be a protected person. A minor may not be listed as a plaintiff on forms.
  • Protected Persons - Protected Persons are specifically designated persons who the Court/Judge has determined should be included in the Order as protected. Victim. The term victim is used interchangeably with “plaintiff”
  • Victim - The term victim is used interchangeably with “plaintiff.”