Arizona Domestic Violence Protection Orders

In Arizona, a restraining order or protection order is a legal document issued by a judge to protect the health and safety of a person who is alleged to be a victim of domestic violence. Specifically, a domestic violence protection order is a civil order that provides protection from physical or sexual harm caused by force or threat from a family or household member.

What Type of Protection Orders are Available?

There are two kinds of protection order available.

1. Emergency Orders of Protection (EOP): Lasts until the the close of the business day on the day after its issued. It's an emergency protective order designed to protect a victim in immediate danger. You may get an emergency order by going to the nearest police department or calling 911. For the protection to remain in effect, you must go to court before the close of the next business day to request a permanent order. A judge will grant the temporary order only if s/he believes that you are in immediate danger of a severe injury.

2. Permanent Orders of Protection: Lasts up to one (1) year or can be permanent. A victim in Arizona must go to court for a full hearing.

How Much Does an Order of Protection Cost?

There are no fees for filing or serving an order of protection.

The following table highlights the main provisions of Arizona's domestic violence protection order laws. See Harassment, Restraining Orders, and Filing a Domestic Violence Lawsuit for more information.

Code Sections A.R.S. 13-3624
Who Can Ask for a Protection Order?

Anyone who is being abused by:

  • A spouse or former spouse,
  • Someone you live with or used to live with,
  • A relative by blood or marriage,
  • The parent of your child, or
  • A person you have or had a substantial dating relationship with.
Types of Orders

Emergency Protection Orders (EOP) and Permanent Orders.

Length of EOP

Lasts until the the close of the business day on the day after its issued.

Length of Final Protective Order

One (1) year or longer in some circumstances.

How to Apply

File a petition in court or at the request of the district attorney, or a law enforcement officer in connection with a criminal case.

Penalty for Violations

Criminal contempt charges and/or more formal criminal charges including a jail sentence, fines, etc.

Limitations of a Protection Order
  • Is not an absolute guarantee of protection; rather, when obtained, it is one step that may be included in a victim’s personalized safety plan.
  • Will not order a police officer to act as a personal bodyguard for the victim’s safety.
  • Is not a custody order regarding the children.
  • Cannot determine division of property.
  • Cannot order spousal support or child support.
  • Cannot order one spouse to pay bills or debts.
  • Cannot be obtained against more than one defendant. If there is more than one offender, a separate order must be obtained against each offender.

Note: State laws are always changing through legislative, judicial, or other means. While FindLaw works hard to ensure the accuracy of its legal resources, it's a good idea to thoroughly research the law or check with an attorney to make sure you have the most recent information.


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