Restraining Orders can be filed at:
Sojourner Family Peace Center Restraining Order Clinic
Milwaukee County Courthouse
901 North 9th Street, Room 711
Milwaukee, WI 53233
Restraining orders may be filed:
Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Please talk with a Courthouse Advocate if you need to file a Restraining Order outside of these hours.Restraining Order Booklet Informacion
Domestic violence, child abuse, sexual abuse and stalking are crimes in the state of Wisconsin and you can report this to the police. In an emergency, call 911. It will be up to the police, not you, to decide if your abuser can be arrested. Please read below about evidence—this can be very important if the police have been/might be involved. If your abuser is a police officer please call our 24-hour hotline (414-933-2722) for help—we will not tell him/her that you have called us for help.
The Milwaukee Police Department has seven police districts stations. We have advocates that help in each one. If you’re not sure which district you live in please call any of these numbers and we will help you to figure it out. If you leave us a voicemail message, it will be confidential and the police will not hear it—please be sure to leave us a good phone number to call you back at and let us know if it is safe for us to leave a message for you. Our hours vary and include daytime and evening hours.
May help the police be able to make an arrest and/or the District Attorney’s Office to charge your abuser with a crime.
Please call us if you do not know the best/safest way to save, store or protect evidence you have. Consider keeping evidence in a place your abuser will never find it.
Legal representation and help from an attorney can be a critical and important part of your overall safety plan. While Sojourner Family Peace Center advocates cannot give legal advice or provide legal representation, we can provide you with information and support.
Sojourner has advocates who can help you create a safety plan that includes:
If you think you need to talk to a lawyer, an advocate can help you explore what kind of lawyer you need and help you get access to an attorney.
If you’d like to explore this on your own, go to legalhelpmilwaukee.org for a listing of legal services and lawyer referral services.
There are four different kinds of court systems in Milwaukee—Civil, Criminal, Family and Children’s Courts. You could be involved with one, some or all of them depending on your situation. Always ask people you may be talking to in the courts if they are confidential or not, especially when talking about the abuse/violence. If you are worried about your safety when coming to court, please call one of the numbers below and our advocates will help. Please read below about evidence—this can be very important if the courts have been/might be involved.
Our advocates work for Sojourner, are not employees of the courts and are confidential. Services are free. We will not tell the courts that we have talked with you without your permission. If you leave us a voicemail message the courts will not hear it—please be sure to leave us a good phone number to call you back at and let us know if it is safe for us to leave a message for you. Our hours are business hours, Monday—Friday.
Please call us if:
Family Court Cases can include paternity, custody, placement and divorce matters.
Children’s Court cases can include cases where your child(ren) have been removed because of abuse in the home.
May help you show the courts that you/your child(ren) have been abused, could help the police be able to make an arrest and/or the District Attorney’s Office to charge your abuser with a crime.
If you are a victim of a crime, you have rights, and you may be eligible for compensation for certain financial losses.
Sojourner Family Peace Center advocates can help you understand your rights, help you exercise them and connect you with the Office of Crime Victims Services.Click here for more information.