The forms required for Domestic Violence Civil Protection Orders are provided to our Court by the Supreme Court of Ohio. It is required by law that certain documents be filed when petitioning the Court for a Domestic Violence Civil Protection Order. All forms must be completed fully and accurately. Once a document is filed with the Clerk of Court's Office the document cannot be changed.
If you are filing without an attorney, you will only need to prepare the intake form and statement describing the acts of domestic violence for the Court. You will then prepare other required forms when you arrive at our office located in room 53 in the basement of the Cuyahoga County Courthouse, 1 W. Lakeside Ave. Cleveland, OH 44113. Please call our department with any questions or concerns about the process at: 216-443-7940.
Note: If you choose to represent yourself at any point during the process you will be held to the same standards as an attorney and must follow all Civil, Local, and Court rules and procedures. The Court cannot give you legal advice or provide you with an attorney.
If you are an attorney, filing on behalf of a client please bring only the original documents
for review, court staff will provide you
with necessary copies.
Before Coming to Court...
Call (216) 443-3155 or
(216) 391-4357 (HELP)
A Journey Center Advocate will help you understand your safety planning options.
Self-Represented Litigants Only
Steps for Filing DVCPO - Self Represented Litigants
DV Packet with Kids
DV Packet no Kids
Civil Protection Orders