Protective Order Assistance Partnership (POAP)

Since 2011, Middle Way House has been an active partner in the Protective Order Assistance Partnership (POAP).  POAP is a collaborative effort between the office of the Monroe County Clerk, Middle Way House, Inc., the IU Mauer School of Law’s Protective Order Project (POP), the IU Bloomington School of Social Work and the Monroe County Prosecutor’s Office. 

The mission of the program is to provide free, co-located assistance to individuals seeking safety from threats or acts of family/domestic violence, sexual violence, or stalking through a civil protective order. Assistance through POAP can include an overview of the protective order process, safety planning, targeted resource referral, and help completing a petition for a protective order to be submitted to a judge for review. All services are supportive, empowering, and designed to help survivors make the best decision for themselves, based on their own unique circumstances.

A full-time Middle Way House legal advocate (Stephanie Waller, MSW) is employed full-time within the partnership’s office. This on-site presence helps create a bridge of support to Middle Way House by providing survivors with immediate access to our broad range of services, all from within a county government office.

POAP is located in the Monroe County Clerk’s Office (Suite 201) on the first floor of the Charlotte T. Zietlow Justice Center (northwest corner of College Ave. and 7th Street). Free three-hour parking is available in the Morton Street Parking Garage (entrance on Morton, between 7th and 8th Streets).

Hours: M-F 8:00am – 4:00pm, closed on all Monroe County Government Holidays. Walk-in service only, no appointments.

Phone: 812.349.5010

Protective order assistants do not give legal advice.

Eligibility:  Individuals who are seeking civil orders of protection for reasons of domestic/family violence, dating violence, sexual violence, and/or stalking.

Cost:  Free