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500 E. San Antonio
5th Floor, Suite 503
El Paso, Texas 79901
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Monday - Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm

Phone (915) 546-2050
Fax (915) 546-2133
Email comments@epcounty.com

Annex Offices

In compliance with the City/County “Stay Home Order,” all our Annexes will remain closed until further notice.
For help with a protective order call (915) 546-2153. For all other inquiries, please call (915) 546-2050.

Downtown Office
500 E. San Antonio
5th Floor, Suite 503
El Paso, Texas 79901
Phone (915) 546-2050
Fax (915) 546-2133

Monday - Friday
8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Ysleta Annex Office
9521 Socorro Rd. Suite A-3
El Paso, Texas 79927
Phone (915) 858-2239
Fax (915) 858-0631

Monday-Friday
8:30 am to 5:30 pm

Northeast Annex Office
4641 Cohen St. Suite D
El Paso, Texas 79924
Phone (915) 759-7990
Fax (915) 858-0631

Monday-Friday
8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Northwest Office
435 E. Vinton Rd., Suite B
Vinton, Texas 79821
Phone (915) 886-1075
Fax (915) 546-2133

Monday-Friday
8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Cycle for Change

Don't Let Yourself

DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, OUR PROCEDURES FOR APPLYING FOR A PROTECTIVE ORDER HAVE CHANGED. YOU ARE NOW ABLE TO BEGIN THE APPLICATION PROCESS BY COMPLETING AND SUBMITTING THE FORMS THAT ARE LOCATED BELOW. ONCE THE FORMS ARE RECEIVED, WE WILL CONTACT YOU BY TELEPHONE TO CONDUCT AN INTAKE. IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE OR HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS NEW APPLICATION PROCESS PLEASE CALL US AT (915) 546-2153; (915) 886-1075; (915) 858-2239, OR E-MAIL US AT protectiveorderapplications@gmail.com.

Protective Orders are important tools in protecting you from family violence, sexual assault and stalking. Their purpose is to:

  • prevent future incidents from occurring;
  • prohibit behavior which precipitates incidents of violence; and
  • reinforce the belief that family violence, sexual assault and stalking are wrong and need to be stopped.

The following guidelines will assist you in the process of applying for a protective order at the El Paso County Attorney's Office. Protective order services are provided free of charge to victims of family violence, sexual assault and stalking.

A protective order is a legal document signed by a judge that prohibits the person against whom it issued from:
  • committing further acts of family violence, sexual assault or stalking;
  • harassing or threatening a victim, either directly or indirectly, or by communicating a threat through another person;
  • going to or near a school or daycare center that a child protected under the order attends; or
  • going to or near a victim's residence or place of employment.
You may file an application for a protective order by completing the forms found below and e-mailing them to protectiveorderapplications@gmail.com. After we receive your forms, we will conduct a conflict check to make sure a legal conflict does not prevent the El Paso County Attorney’s Office from processing your protective order application. If you need assistance with any of the forms or have any questions about the process please call us at any of the Offices listed below.

El Paso County Courthouse
Phone (915) 546-2153
Any person listed below may apply for a protective order:
  • Spouse
  • Ex-spouse
  • Biological parents of the same child
  • Members or former members of the same household
  • Persons who have or have had a continuing social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature
  • Guardian
  • In-law (related by marriage)
  • Relative (related by blood)
  • Individuals who need a protective order because of the threat of imminent physical harm because of their marriage to or dating relationship with an individual with whom the person posing the threat is or has been in a dating relationship or marriage
  • Victims of sexual assault
  • Victims of indecent assault
  • Victims of stalking
  • Victims of human trafficking
You are required to complete the forms found below, providing information about yourself, as well as information about the person against whom you want a protective order. In addition, an intake interview will be conducted by telephone to determine if your circumstances meet the legal requirements for a protective order. You can contact any of the offices of the County Attorney with any questions about the process.
In order to process your application, you must provide the following:
  • A copy of your current state picture I.D., school picture I.D. or any other form of identification that contains your name and a photograph of you.
  • A current and complete address where the person against whom you are filing against can be served in person. A protective order CANNOT be issued against a person without that person being served in person.
  • Copies of photos, screenshots, or other evidence.
  • We will obtain a statement from you describing the incidents of violence, sexual assault, indecent assault, stalking/harassment, or human trafficking that have occurred. (this is included in your application)
Application form are provided to you below for submission to our Office and an intake interview will be conducted with you over the telephone. If your application is accepted for filing, all documentation will be prepared and filed and a court hearing will be scheduled. If there is a clear and present danger of violence, sexual assault or stalking, a temporary protective order may be requested on your behalf the same day you apply. Thereafter, a final hearing will be scheduled, usually within 14 days. DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, HEARINGS ARE BEING SCHEDULED FOR MORE THAN 14 DAYS AFTER THE TIME YOU COMPLETE YOUR APPLICATION.
A temporary protective order is in effect from the time it is issued until the time of the final hearing, although it is not enforceable by arrest until after a respondent is served with a copy. A final protective order is usually in effect for up to two years from the date it is issued. In some circumstances, a protective order may be issued for longer than two years.
An emergency protective order may only be issued by a magistrate when a defendant is arrested for a criminal offense involving family violence, sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault or stalking.

Emergency protective orders may be requested by the victim of the offense, the guardian of the victim, a peace officer or the attorney representing the state. In addition, a magistrate may issue an emergency protective order on his own motion.

An emergency protective order is effective immediately upon issuance and may be in effect for up to 91 days from the date it was issued. Most emergency protective orders prohibit the same behaviors that a protective order issued through the family court prohibits.
  • A protective order will not order the abuser to stay a certain distance from your body!
  • A protective order is not a bulletproof vest or safety shield. You must be careful and take all necessary precautions to ensure your safety.
  • A protective order is not a substitute for court-ordered visitation or custody.
If a respondent violates certain provisions of a protective order, it is a criminal offense. The respondent may be arrested and criminal charges may be brought against him by the District Attorney's Office, located on the second floor of the El Paso County Courthouse, 500 E. San Antonio, Room 503, El Paso, Texas. For more information you may contact the District Attorney's Office at (915) 546-2059.

TO APPLY FOR A PROTECTIVE ORDER:

Step 1:
Open and fill out the “Conflict Check and Application” forms. To open or download the document you may need Adobe Reader installed on your computer or Adobe fill and sign installed on your phone. Please include as much information on the form as possible. Save the form when it is complete.

Step 2:
Scan or take a picture of your driver’s license or ID. Make sure that your name is legible on the image.

Step 3:
Attach the completed Conflict Check and Application form and the picture of your license or ID to an email and send everything in an email to the address protectiveorderapplications@gmail.com.

If done correctly, you will receive a response confirming that we have received your application forms. If you do not receive an e-mail confirmation within 30 minutes, please try again.

Step 4:
Once we receive your completed forms, we will conduct a Conflict Check to determine if a legal conflict exists that would prevent the El Paso County Attorney’s Office from being able to assist you with a protective order.

For assistance, call us at (915) 546-2153; (915) 886-1075; (915) 858-2239, or e-mail us at protectiveorderapplications@gmail.com.

SOCIAL WORKER SERVICES:

The El Paso County Attorney’s Office offers legal assistance to individuals applying for protective orders. In addition to protective order applications, individuals may also receive crisis intervention, advocacy, and support services through a Licensed Master Social Worker as part of our Victim Resource Program. Services are voluntary and free of charge.

Services offered include:

  • Crisis Counseling
  • Needs Assessment
  • Social Services Information and Referral
  • Safety Planning
  • Court Accompaniment
  • Crime Victim Compensation Application
  • Assistance
  • Support Groups
  • Assistance with Public Benefits

If you are interested in receiving any of the services listed above, please contact:

Yuri Villa

Licensed Master Social Worker

Protective Order Unit

Office: 915-546-2153

Cell: 915-283-7523

Email: yuvilla@epcounty.com

2020 Grant Pre-Survey Form- English

PROGRAMA DE RECURSOS PARA LAS VICTIMAS

Además de la asistencia con las solicitudes para una orden de protección, solicitantes también pueden recibir servicios de consejería y apoyo a través de una Trabajadora Social como parte de nuestro Programa de Recursos para Víctimas. Los servicios son voluntarios y gratuitos.

Los servicios disponibles incluyen:

• Consejería de Crisis

• Evaluación de sus necesidades

• Información y Referencia de Servicios Sociales

• Ayuda para crear un plan de seguridad

• Acompañamiento a corte

• Grupos de apoyo

• Ayuda con Solicitudes de Asistencia Pública

• Ayuda para Solicitar Compensación para Víctimas de Crimen

Si está interesado en recibir cualquiera de estos servicios, comuníquese con:

Yuri Villa, LMSW

Trabajadora Social

Unidad de Órdenes de Protección

Office: 915-546-2153

Cel: 915-283-7523

Email: yuvilla@epcounty.com

2020 Grant Pre-Survey Form -Spanish


Forms:
Protective Order Application - Combined
Solicitud de Proteccion - Combinada