The Bexar County Family Justice Center can help you change the pattern of violence that dominates your life! At the Center, two agencies provide protective order assistance: (1) Bexar County Criminal District Attorney’s Office - Protective Order Unit, and (2) Texas RioGrande Legal Aid.
The DA Protective Order Unit is made up of trained Victim Advocates, Paralegals, Investigators, and Assistant District Attorneys to provide services to victims. They can help you obtain information about criminal charges, explain the criminal justice process, and see if they can assist you with applying for a protective order in Civil District Court. If there is a legal conflict that prevents the District Attorney’s Office from providing you with protective order assistance, your case may be referred to Texas RioGrande Legal Aid.
If a protective order is granted by a Civil District Court Judge, it will order the person you filed against:
- Not to commit any violence against you.
- Not to come within a certain distance of where you live, work, and attend school.
- Not to communicate with you in any manner that is threatening or harassing, whether by phone, mail, or any electronic/online communication.
- Not to engage in any harassing, threatening, annoying, alarming, abusing, tormenting or embarrassing behavior towards you.
- Not to commit any of the above acts towards you or any other individuals covered by the protective order.
- Not allow them to possess any weapons unless they are peace officers.
- Not to remove or harm pets or companion animals
- Family Violence: the law requires proof that (1) family violence has occurred and (2) family violence is likely to occur again in the future.
- Third Party: the law requires evidence that (1) you and the person you want protection from have (or have had) an intimate relationship with the same person, (2) that violence has occurred between you and the person you want protection from and, (3) the violence is likely to occur again in the future.
- Stalking: the law requires proof that you are the victim of stalking.
- Sexual Assault or Abuse: the law requires proof that you are the victim of sexual assault or indecency with a child.
- Indecent Assault: the law requires proof that you are the victim of indecent assault.
- Trafficking: the law requires proof that you are the victim of trafficking.