To obtain a protective order in Collin County, you must file a petition with the district clerk’s office. The petition will include details of the abuse or harassment that you have experienced, and you may be required to provide evidence to support your claims. If the court grants the protective order, it will prohibit the abuser from contacting you and may require them to stay away from your home, workplace, and other places that you frequent. Violating a protective order can result in criminal charges. There are resources available to assist you in obtaining a protective order, such as legal aid organizations and domestic violence shelters.