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Restraining/Protective Orders

restraining order documents. illustration designA Restraining/Protective Order is an order signed by a Judge that grants the petitioner certain rights of protection against another person.  In Indiana, a violation of this order is addressed under Indiana Code: 35-46-1-15.1, “Invasion of Privacy”.  The offense is a Class A Misdemeanor, unless the perpetrator has a previous unrelated conviction for Invasion of Privacy.  A prior conviction heightens the offense to a Class D Felony.

Officers do not have to witness the violation to make an immediate arrest; however, they do need probable cause to believe the violation has occurred.  These orders give law enforcement officers a valuable tool to combat violence in their jurisdictions.



An application for a Restraining/Protective Order is made in the form of an affidavit.  These affidavits are available at the Switzerland County Clerk’s Office at the Switzerland County Courthouse during normal courthouse hours.  Please call them at 812-427-3175 to inquire if there are any fees associated with the filing of this affidavit.  Forms can also be downloaded from the State of Indiana at  Keep in mind that the Switzerland County Sheriff’s Office cannot issue Restraining/Protective Orders.  We only enforce them.



In very general terms;  When you have received threats from a person(s) to cause you bodily harm or death, or threats to do damage to your property, or when you have actually been harmed physically, or your property has been damaged, and it is likely to occur again.

If you have questions regarding your specific circumstances, call the courts and inquire as to whether you qualify for the order, or refer your questions to an attorney. We do not decide who can file an affidavit.



Once you have filed your affidavit with the Clerk of Courts, they will process the paperwork and send it up to the Judge for review.  The Judge will review the application and file an order with the courts if he grants the request.  The court will forward copies of the order to the Sheriff’s Office for serving.  The Sheriff’s Office will serve all parties involved with the order.  The parties involved will have to appear in court to give testimony before the Judge.  The date and time of the court hearing is listed on the initial Judge’s order.  This court hearing determines whether the order becomes a permanent order or not.  Permanent orders are valid for 2 years from the date of issuance.  If the restrained party violates the order, call the Sheriff’s Office or Police Department where you live and report the facts which lead you to believe the order has been violated.


Travel Advisory Levels

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security has instituted the following local travel advisory levels for the State of Indiana:



The highest level of local travel advisory, means that travel may be restricted to emergency management workers only.

During a “warning” local travel advisory, individuals are directed to:

(A) refrain from all travel;

(B) comply with necessary emergency measures;

(C) cooperate with public officials and disaster services forces in executing emergency operations plans; and

(D) obey and comply with the lawful directions of properly identified officers.



Means that conditions are threatening to the safety of the public. During a “watch” local

travel advisory, only essential travel, such as to and from work or in emergency situations,

is recommended, and emergency action plans should be implemented by businesses,

schools, government agencies, and other organizations.



The lowest level of local travel advisory, means that routine travel or activities may be

restricted in areas because of a hazardous situation, and individuals should use caution

or avoid those areas.

NOTICE: Travel Status information is provided by each County’s Emergency Management Agency.

You can access the current Travel Advisory Level by clicking on the following link:

Indiana Department of Homeland Security – Travel Advisory Status


Helpful Information

Courthouse   Phone Numbers
Auditor 812-427-3302
Assessor 812-427-3379
Clerk 812-427-3175
Commissioner 812-427-4425
Highway Department 812-427-2174
Judge 812-427-3410
Planning & Zoning 812-427-2179
Probation 812-427-3539
Prosecutor 812-427-2909
Recorder 812-427-2544
Treasurer 812-427-3369

Family Resources

Heart House Homeless Shelter

6815 US 50
Aurora, Indiana
phone number (812)926-4890


We are a 62 Homeless Shelter for men, women and families. We opened our doors in March of 2002 but the original pre-planning and grunt work started in the late 1990s.

The not-for-profit corporation, Heart House Inc., has the mission to minister to homeless persons in crisis in Dearborn County and the surrounding counties of Franklin, Ohio, Switzerland, and Ripley.   Heart House Inc. aspires to lift up the dignity of all persons to prevent homelessness, to provide temporary housing and to help homeless personsto re-enter society as productive citizens.

Company Overview

Offering emergency and temporary shelter to individuals and families in southeastern Indiana, Heart House is also a starting point for those who pass through our doors to gain encouragement and life skills to rebuild their lives.


Men: Stay on the First floor, 7 sets of bunk beds
Women: Stay on Second floor, also 7 sets of bunk beds
Families: Stay in the family room together, we have 6 family rooms with 5 rooms having 6 beds and 1 room with 4 beds and a crib.

General Information

Craig Beckley is the Director

Marie Byrd is the Administrative Assistant/Bookkeeper