Victim Protective Order
Victim Protective Orders are a Request for Relief
pursuant to Title 22 Sections 60-61 of Oklahoma Law
Requests for a Victim Protective Order start with filing a petition which you can download here and return to the Cleveland County Court Clerk’s Office. Please read the following criteria below before submitting your petition. Court Clerk Marilyn Williams’ team is ready to answer any additional questions you may have about the process, but they cannot give you legal advice.
To be eligible for a Victim's Protective Order (VPO), please consider the following criteria:
- Have you been a victim of rape? Note: A police report number MUST BE PROVIDED at the time of filing and a copy presented at the court hearing.
- Are you the biological parent of the same child or children as the person you need protection from?
- Are you currently or were you previously in a dating relationship with the person in question?
- Are you divorced from the person you seek protection from? Are you divorced from their spouse or they married to your ex-spouse?
- Are you married to them?
- Are you related to them by blood or by marriage?
- Are you their child or their parent?
- Have you formerly or are you currently living in the same household as them? Are you roommates or have you been roommates within the preceding year?
If any of the above situations apply to you, you may request a Victim's Protective Order (VPO). If none of these circumstances apply, you may file for a VPO if you have been the victim of harassment or stalking on more than one occasion (see requirements for harassment and stalking qualification below).
- To request a Domestic VPO, the person in question must have committed an act of physical harm or made threats of physical harm towards you.
- Either you or the person you seek protection from must reside in Cleveland County.
- All forms must be completed using BLUE or BLACK ink.
- Filing can be done during office hours, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you need the petition to be considered the same day, it must be completed and submitted to the court clerk's office by 3:30 p.m.
- Do not sign the form before presenting it to the court clerk's office.
- If including a child on your petition, you must be their parent or legal guardian, and they must be under 18, living with you, and under your legal custody (full or joint). Note that a VPO, if issued, does not determine child custody but prohibits contact between parties.
- No fees are due at the time of filing, but a judge may order a minimum of court costs starting at $204.14 after the hearing.
- If you are attempting to file a protective order on a person and service will be out of state, you must contact the law enforcement agency that will be serving the protective order. Pursuant to that state’s laws covering payment for service, you may be required prior to service.
The first and last name of the person you seek protection from as well as a current address. This can be a work or home address, and for the VPO to be effective, it must be personally served by the sheriff's office. This is a civil request for relief and the sheriff’s office will not research or attempt to locate the individual outside of the information you provide.
Harassment & Stalking:
If seeking a VPO for harassment or stalking, a police report listing you as the victim must be filed. Provide a copy of the police report when filing for your VPO.
- Harassment is conduct directed toward a person, including repeated and continuing contact causing emotional distress.
- Stalking is willful, malicious, and repeated following or harassment causing a reasonable person to feel frightened, intimidated, threatened, harassed, or molested.
If after business hours, an emergency protective order may be obtained by law enforcement pursuant to Title 22 Section 60.3 C.
Helpful Phone Numbers:
- Emergency Shelter Crisis Line: 405-701-5540
- Women’s Resource Center: 405-364-9424
- Norman Police Department: 405-321-1600
- Cleveland County District Attorney: 405-321-8268
- Legal Aid: 405-360-6631
- Cleveland County Court Clerk: 405-321-6402
- Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office: 405-701-8888 (Call to check if the party has been served or removed from premises if applicable)