FORM 10.03-G: HOW TO OBTAIN A CIVIL STALKING PROTECTION ORDER OR CIVIL SEXUALLY ORIENTED OFFENSE PROTECTION
Amended: March 1, 2014
Discard all previous versions of this form
HOW TO OBTAIN A PETITION FOR A
CIVIL STALKING PROTECTION ORDER
OR CIVIL SEXUALLY ORIENTED OFFENSE PROTECTION ORDER
These instructions are intended to assist you in preparing the Petition for a Civil Stalking Protection Order or
Sexually Oriented Offense Protection Order, which can only be heard by the court of common pleas in your
county. Throughout the Petition, you (the party to be protected) are called Petitioner and the person you
are filing this Petition against is called Respondent.
SOME HINTS BEFORE YOU BEGIN
• All forms must be typed or printed.
• Write your name and the Respondent's name the same way throughout the Petition.
• When you print your name on the Petition, use the same name you use when you write your signature.
• Fill out the Petition as completely and accurately as possible.
• If you have any questions about completing the Petition contact your local domestic violence program or the
Ohio Domestic Violence Network at 800-934-9840.
FILLING OUT THE PETITION: Mark each instruction below after you read and complete it.
On the front page, leave the “Case No.” line and “Judge/Magistrate” lines blank. The Clerk of Court’s
office will fill in this information.
On the top left-hand side of the front page, fill in the requested information about yourself. If you want
your address to remain confidential, do not write your address on the Petition. However, you must write
another mailing address where you can safely receive notices from the Court.
Also on the top left-hand side of the front page, fill in the requested information about Respondent as
best you can. You may use the Respondent’s work address if you do not know the Respondent’s home
address. If you do not know Respondent’s date of birth, leave that line blank. Do not attempt to obtain this
information unless it is safe to do so.
Paragraph 1: If you are filing the Petition on behalf of yourself, mark the first box.
Paragraph 2: If you are filing the Petition on behalf of a family or household member, mark the box and fill in
their name(s) and the other information requested in the chart. The Petitioner and the Respondent need not
be related in any way for the Petitioner to obtain the protection order. You may attach additional pages if you
need more room.
Paragraph 3(a): State the date(s) of the incident(s) that caused you to file the Petition. Exact date(s) is not
necessary. Approximate time frame may be sufficient. If you are requesting a civil stalking protection order
due to menacing by stalking, provide a brief description of the pattern of conduct (two or more instances) that
caused you to believe that the Respondent will cause physical harm or cause mental distress to you or
another family member. If you are aware of any prior convictions of the Respondent for menacing by stalking
or similar offenses, or prior convictions of the Respondent for any sexually oriented offenses, list what
information you know about those convictions. You may attach additional pages if you need more room to
complete your description.
Paragraph 3(b): State the date(s) of the incident(s) that caused you to file the Petition. Exact date(s) is not
necessary. Approximate time frame may be sufficient. If you are requesting a civil sexually oriented offense
protection order due to a sexually oriented offense, you do not have to provide a description of a pattern of
conduct. A brief description of what happened that caused you to request the protection order will be enough.