Protection from Abuse and Stalking
Protection from Abuse (PFA) orders and/or Protection from Stalking (PFS) orders are designed to protect individuals who are being victimized by either their significant others or by known stalkers. While these orders are not specifically restraining orders, they are designed to limit the contact between the victims and their abusers or stalkers. The abuse/stalking process is designed to provide quick and immediate protection. However, the process may require time, expertise, or more than one hearing. If you have questions, you should seek help from an attorney or victim services advocate. The Kansas Crisis Hotline (1-888-363-2287) or Kansas Legal Services (1-800-723-6953) may be able to help you find an attorney or advocate.
At the bottom of this article are the links to the appropriate PFA and PFS forms. These are the basic forms and they do not cover every situation. Keep in mind that the Clerk of the District Court cannot help you with these forms and also cannot give legal advice to you or tell information about the protection order process.
In order to complete these forms, a trip to the Sedgwick County Courthouse at 525 N. Main in Wichita must be accomplished. There you will need to go to Room 134 (Family Court Services) where a court representative will assist you with this procedure. Hours of operations are as indicated below:
Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. with the exception of holidays. These are the only hours that judges are available to sign required paperwork. You can contact the PFA Office at 316-660-5290.
Things to consider prior to going to the courthouse:
- Bring a copy of all or any case numbers assigned by your local police department
- Bring defendant (the person you need the protection order against) information to include as much personal information about the individual as possible. This may include:
- Social security number
- Driver license number
- Height and Weight
- Color of hair and eyes
- Work location (name of business and address)
- Home, work and cell phone numbers
- Home Address (mandatory)
- Vehicle information
- Full name including middle name
It is highly recommended that you carefully read the PFA or PFS paperwork to ensure that you meet the requirements and complete the paperwork accurately so as to save both yourself and the court staff time.
The following links give in depth information about both types of protection orders:
- How Does the Protection Order Process Work
- Protection from Abuse Forms
- Protection from Stalking Forms