Protection Order Instructions


TESSA Advocates can Assist you with Filling Out Temporary Protection Order (TPO) Paperwork*


Walk-In hours at our main office: 

Monday – Thursday | 7:30AM - 4:30PM

Friday | 7:30AM - 12:00PM 

Or find a TESSA Advocate in Room 101 of the El Paso County Courthouse to assist you:

Monday – Friday | 8:00AM - 9:30AM 

You must file your TPO paperwork in Room 101 before 9:30am Monday-Friday, to appear before the Judge/Magistrate that same day. There is no fee for filing a Protection Order involving Domestic Violence or Sexual Assault. You are required to show photo ID.

Access and download Protection Order forms here. 

 * TESSA assists with Protection Order requests when a threat or act of violence has occurred within the following parameters:

1. Domestic Violence: when there has been a threat of or an act of violence between adults, who are or who were, in an intimate relationship (i.e. married, dated, share children, or had any intimate contact). TESSA is not able to assist in matters that are between neighbors, landlords, roommates, etc.


2. Sexual Assault: when there has been non-consensual sexual contact between adults. Sexual assault victims may or may not have known their offender.



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