Step 2: Fill out the petition.
Read the petition carefully and ask the clerk questions if you don’t understand something. You must provide complete and truthful information.
Write about the most recent incidents of violence, using descriptive language (slapping, hitting, grabbing, choking, threatening, etc.) that fits your situation. Be specific. Include details and dates, if possible. If there is space for it on the petition, you could also include details about the history of abuse so that the judge can understand the bigger picture, not just the most recent incident.
An advocate from a domestic violence organization may be able to help you fill out the form. See OR Advocates and Shelters to find the location of an organization near you.
Do not sign the petition until you have shown it to a clerk; the form may need to be notarized or signed in the presence of court personnel.