Know the Laws: Indiana
Under Indiana law, if you are the victim of stalking or a sex offense, you can apply for an order for protection even if the person who committed the stalking or sex offense is not a family or household member. The person can be an acquaintance, a stranger, a co-worker, a neighbor, or any other relationship to you. (The forms for this order as the same as the forms for a domestic violence order for protection.)
Stalking is a pattern of behavior. It includes two or more incidents of intentional and repeated harassment that reasonably cause you to feel frightened, intimidated or threatened.* You can click on each link to read the definitions of these terms on our IN Statutes page.
* IC § 35-45-10-1
A “sex offense” can be defined as any of the following:
You can click on each link to read the definitions of these crimes on our IN Statutes page.
* IC § 35-42-4-1
** IC §§ 35-42-4-2 and 35-31.5-2-94
The order for protection that you would get against someone who commits a sex offense or stalking against you comes under the same laws as an order for protection based on domestic/family violence. You would fill out the same forms and the protections offered can be the same. Therefore, for more information, please see the Orders for Protection due to Domestic Violence section.