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Protective Order Project (POP)

POP is a law student-directed project at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law designed to help victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking obtain civil protective orders from the court, with the goal of preventing further abuse, both by restraining the abuser and by empowering the victim.

POP utilizes the skills of law students, the advice and assistance of private volunteer attorneys, and the resources of Middle Way House, to serve those seeking protective orders in Monroe and surrounding counties.

What Are Protective Orders?

A Protective Order is a Civil Order from a judge that tells the abuser not to:

  • Abuse, harass, or disturb the peace of the victim or included members of the victim's household, in any place, public or private;
  • Contact the victim or any included member of the victim's household, directly or indirectly;
  • Enter the home of the victim; and
  • Destroy any of the victim's property.

If the abuser violates this order, then he or she may be subject to arrest and prosecution.

If You Need Help Now

If you are in an emergency situation and need immediate assistance, contact the Bloomington or Indiana University Police or the Monroe County Sheriff's Department by calling 911, or contact Middle Way House for crisis services at (812) 336-0846; see links to other services on our Contact POP page.

Our Office Hours

Our main office, located on the ground floor of the Law School in room 010, is staffed during the semester with law-student volunteers Monday-Friday from noon to 1pm and also Monday-Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. Appointments can also be made for other times. The office is closed during university breaks.

Please feel free to email us at any time at pop@indiana.edu or leave a voicemail at (812) 855-4800. Emails and voicemails are checked regularly.

POP's 25th Anniversary

The Protective Order Project began in 1989 with the shared vision of a student and professor looking for ways to make an impact on the local community. For the past 25 years, POP has been serving members of the IU community and Monroe and surrounding counties. We thank our generous volunteer attorneys, community partners, and past and present volunteers for turning our vision into meaningful service to the citizens of south central Indiana.