Protective Order Assistance Project


Middle Way House Legal Advocates work in partnership with the Protective Order Assistance Partnership. Our advocates provide free assistance to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. Assistance can include safety planning, resource referral and help in completing a petition for a Protective Order to be submitted to a Judge. POAP is a partnership between the Monroe County Clerk’s Office Middle Way House, Monroe County Prosecutor’s Office, IU Bloomington School of Social Work, an IU Maurer School of Law’s Protective Order Project.

The Protective Order Assistance Partnership is located in the Monroe County Clerk’s Office on the first floor of the Zietlow Justice Center (NW corner of College Ave. and 7th Street). Parking is available in the Morton Street Parking garage between 7th and 8th Street (free for first 3 hours).

Hours: M-F 8:00am – 4:00pm, closed all Monroe County Government Holidays.

Phone: (812) 349-2614

This is a walk-in service only, no appointments.

Services:  assistance for individuals seeking orders of protection from the court; filing petitions for protective orders; safety planning; referrals to cProtective order assistants do not give legal advice.ommunity services.

Eligibility:  Individuals victimized by family violence, dating violence, sexual violence, or stalking.

Cost:  Free