Protection Orders

Temporary & Final Orders

The Protection from Abuse (PFA)/Protection from Sexual Violence or Intimidation (PSVI) office is located in the Domestic Relations Section. A person seeking to obtain a Temporary PFA/PSVI Order against an offender should appear in the Domestic Relations Office, located on Level L of the Butler County Government Center. You must arrive between the hours of 8:30 am and 10:30 am Monday through Friday. All Temporary PFA/PSVI Petitions will be presented to the Family Court Judge at approximately 11:30 am. You should plan to be at the Government Center/Courthouse the entire morning. If granted, a Temporary Order will remain in place until a Final hearing can be held, which is scheduled within ten (10) business days.

Emergency Orders

If you arrive after 10:30 am, a staff member will help you assess whether filing an Emergency Petition is appropriate. This shall be coordinated with the Magisterial District Judge after 1:00 pm. An Emergency Order will be in effect until the next business day only. If you wish to seek a Temporary Order thereafter, you must return the following morning between the hours of 8:30 am and 10:30 am and follow the process to obtain a Temporary Order as described above.


** Important items to be aware of:

  • There are no filing fees to file a PFA/PSVI Petition.
  • If you are filing on behalf of a minor child and he/she is over the age of nine (9) years old, you may be required to bring the child with you.
  • If granted, the offender will be served with the Petition, the Temporary Order and a Notice of Hearing, usually on the same day that the Order is granted. The Sheriff’s office will serve the paperwork.

A flow chart has been created assist petitioners with determining what they may be eligible for.  Click here to access the Protection Order Flow Chart.


For an explanation of the definitions of certain legal terms above and to learn more about the PFA/PSVI process, please click the links below to access our pamphlets.


Protection from Abuse brochure


Protection from Intimidation brochure


Sexual Violence Protection brochure