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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 5pm to 6pm. 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 or leave a voicemail at (812) 855-4800. Emails and voicemails are checked regularly.

POP's 25th Anniversary CLE and Reception

The Protective Order Project has been serving members of the local community since 1989. A free CLE and Reception will be held in honor of POP's 25th anniversary, on April 25, 2014.

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