Protection Order

Important notes about Protection Orders:

An order of protection (protection order) is a temporary order intended to help provide safety and protection to victims of certain crimes.  


Protection Order Information

For more information about protection orders, please visit the Columbus City Attorney’s website at:

For advice about, and in certain cases representation for, filing protection orders, please contact Student Legal Services at The Ohio State University (SLS).  SLS is a non-profit law office that contracts with Ohio State to provide legal services to eligible Ohio State students.  Columbus main campus students enrolled in a degree seeking program and who have not waived the SLS fee are generally eligible.  For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit or call 614.247.5853. 


Types of Protection Orders that can be enforced by the police

  • DV Temporary Protection Order (DVTPO) - requires a criminal charge
  • Criminal Stalking Protection Order (CRPO) - requires criminal charge
  • Civil Protection Order (CPO) - civil case does not require charges
  • Civil Stalking or Sexually Oriented Offense Protection Order (SSOOPO) - civil case does not require charges