Confidentiality means that what is discussed during encounters with Prevail is held is the highest confidence. Prevail will never release any information to any other party for any reason about you or the services you have or are receiving without your explicit written consent. The only exceptions to confidentiality include disclosures of unreported child or elder abuse or threats to harm yourself or someone else.
The state of Indiana determines who qualifies to file for a civil protective order. In accordance with the statute, you must be the victim of family or domestic violence, sex offense, or stalking in order to file for a protective order. For more information on the Indiana State Guidelines for obtaining a protective order click here.
Protective orders are taken on a first come, first served basis. We assist individuals in completing the necessary paperwork Monday – Thursday from 9am-4pm and Friday from 1pm-4pm. You will need to come into our office to begin the filing process. It takes about two hours to complete the process.
What information do I need to bring with me to file for a protective order?
You will need the following information: the offender’s full legal name, the offender’s date of birth (if known), the offender’s email address (if known), and the current residential address of the offender. A residential address for the offender is necessary to file for a protective order. Additionally, you will need to have a list of incidents that include threats of physical violence, acts of physical violence, acts of stalking, or acts of sexual violence.
My partner or significant other has never been physically violent with me. Do I still qualify for services?
Yes. Physical violence is just one aspect of an abusive relationship. Other aspects of an abusive relationship include verbal, emotional, psychological, financial, spiritual, and sexual abuse. Not all clients have experienced the same types of abuse, but all qualify for services at Prevail. You do not have to have experienced physical abuse in order to qualify for services. If you identify any unhealthy or abusive aspect to your current and/or past relationship(s), Prevail can help.
I am not ready or wanting to end my relationship with my partner or significant other. Will the advocates pressure me to leave the relationship?
Absolutely not. Prevail advocates will never pressure you to make any decision, regarding any matter. Your advocate will discuss your options, construct a safety plan, and assist you in creating a list of self-identified goals. Prevail advocates will never tell you what to do; rather, your advocate will support you in making your own decisions.
Can Prevail Advocates testify for me or my child in a divorce and/or custody case?
No. Victim Advocate Privilege Law (Ind. Code § 35-37-6-9) states, “No victim, victim advocate, or victim service provider can be compelled to give testimony or produce records concerning confidential communications in any judicial, legislative, or administrative proceeding.” There is another type of advocate who does gather information from individuals in the child’s life and then make a recommendation regarding child custody.
These advocates are either called Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) or Guardian Ad Litems (GAL).