Frequently Asked Questions: Victim Protective Orders (VPOs)

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What's a Victim Protective Order (VPO)?

It is a civil court order that is designed to stop violence or harassment by protecting the victim and the victim’s family from the abuser.

What doesn't a VPO do?

A VPO will not decide custody of minor children, award property, mandate a visitation schedule, or be in effect before a copy is officially served to the abuser by the Sheriff’s Office or a Private Server.

What are the requirements?

In order to receive a VPO, the abuser must have committed an act of physical harm, stalked, or threatened physical harm to the victim.

How do I file a VPO?

File the VPO at the Oklahoma County Courthouse Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm. If you need the paperwork to be seen by the judge that same day, you must file the VPO before 2:30pm that day.

What do I need to file a VPO?

We have all the necessary documents and forms at Palomar, and we are happy to assist you in filling them out and filing them. Additionally, they are available on oklahomacounty.org. Fill these out in black ink. You will need the abuser’s first and last name and their current address.

What do I do if it's violated?

If the VPO is violated, call the police to report it. The first violation of the VPO is a misdemeanor, and the second is a felony.