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Name:C.A.A.W. T.P.O. (Temporary Protection Order) Office
Brief Description:Assists domestic violence victims (male or female) in asking for court protection from the abuser.
Website Address:http://www.washoecourts.com/index.cfm?page=domestic_violence (Includes Temporary Protection Order forms and other legal documents and general information related to Temporary Protection Orders)
Services:The T.P.O. office assists clients with questions in filling-out T.P.O. forms and can accompany the client to hearings related to theT.P.O. process. The T.P.O. office also provides assistance with referrals to other agencies that can help the client with low-cost or free counseling, food, housing, legal and other emergency assistance. The T.P.O. office does not provide legal advice.

Forms available at http://www.washoecourts.com/index.cfm?page=domestic_violence

Applicants can usually complete the process in one day if they arrive by 9:30 a.m.. If applicants arrive by 3:00 p.m., they can usually complete and file their applications and be seen by the judge the next day.

A victim of domestic violence can ask the Court to order any or all of the following:
1) that the batterer be required to stay away from the victim's home, school, work, church, etc.;
2) that the batterer be required to vacate the family home (with police supervision if necessary);
3) that temporary custody be given to the victim;
4) that any and all Court fees be waived.

After a hearing the Court can order:
1) that the batterer pay temporary support money for the victim and children;
2) that the batterer pay restitution money for injuries caused;
3) that the T.P.O. be extended into a longer time period.

Violation of a T.P.O. is punishable in civil court by a $500 fine and up to 25 days imprisonment, or in criminal court by a $1,000.00 fine and up to 6 months imprisonment.
Target Population:In order to obtain a T.P.O. the victim and batterer must have a domestic relationship as evidenced by one or more of the following situations:
  • related by blood
  • been married
  • be or have been living together
  • have at least one child in common
  • have or have had a dating relationship
If the victim is related to the batterer as required, the victim can obtain a T.P.O. when any of the following acts have been committed against the victim or the victim's child:
  • a battery
  • an assault
  • compelling the other by force or threat of force to perform an act from which she has the right to refrain or refrain from an act which she has the right to perform
  • a sexual assault
  • a knowing, purposeful or reckless course of conduct intended to harass the other such as stalking, arson, trespassing, larceny, destruction of private property, carrying a concealed weapon without a permit
  • injuring or killing an animal
  • false imprisonment
  • unlawful entry of the other's residence, or forcible entry against the other's will if there is a reasonably foreseeable risk of harm to the other from the entry
Address:One South Sierra Street (Courthouse), Room 308, 3rd Floor, Reno, NV, 89501
Mailing Address:P.O. Box 30083, Reno, NV, 89501
Eligibility:No income requirements and no fees charged for services.
Appointment Needed:No
Phone:(775) 328-3468
Hours:Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Service Area:Washoe County, but will help victims who are not Washoe County residents if incident of abuse occurred in Nevada.
Counties:Statewide, Carson City County, Churchill County, Clark County, Douglas County, Elko County, Esmeralda County, Eureka County, Humboldt County, Lander County, Lincoln County, Lyon County, Mineral County, Nye County, Pershing County, Storey County, Washoe County, White Pine County
Provides Language Services:Yes
Language Service Arrangements Needed:No, but best if can arrive at 8am for Spanish-speaking services
Subjects:Family Law
Mission:C.A.A.W. T.P.O. Office assists any person who believes that she or he has been, or might become a victim of domestic violence in asking the court for a Temporary Protection Order (T.P.O.).

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