Orders of Protection
Individuals may petition the Family Court for a type of restraining order known as an Order of Protection. This is a civil proceeding which is designed to culminate in an order being issued to protect household members from the abuse of another household member. Household members are defined as spouses, former spouses, parents and children, persons related by blood or marriage within the second degree, persons who have a child in common, and a male and female who are cohabiting or have formerly cohabited. The Family Court has jurisdiction over this type of proceeding, but the petition may be filed in the magistrate court during non-business hours, or at other times when the Family Court is not in session. Additionally, a magistrate may issue a limited, temporary Order of Protection in emergency situations when the Family Court is not in session.
Spartanburg County is extremely fortunate to have a Safe Homes Office located in the Courthouse. We are well aware of the difficulties victims of abuse encounter when they are not able to hire legal counsel. Anyone suffering from this type of abuse is encouraged to contact the Safe Homes Office at the Courthouse in Spartanburg before attempting to file a petition for an Order of Protection on their own. Employees of the Safe Homes Office will assist you in preparing the necessary forms for obtaining an Order of Protection, assist you in finding temporary shelter, and will give you invaluable assistance in dealing with your problem.
The Safe Homes Office is located on the third floor of the Spartanburg County Courthouse. The office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The telephone number is (864) 583-9803. The E-mail address is:
If you need assistance during the evening, over the weekend, or on holidays, you may call (864) 583-9803 for assistance.
The main office address is:
SAFE Homes - Rape Crisis Coalition
158 West Main Street
Spartanburg, SC 29306