Civil Protection Orders: A Guide for Improving Practice

January 1, 2010

This publication is known as the CPO Guide. The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, in partnership with the Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women developed the CPO Guide as a tool designed to support the work of professionals dedicated to enhancing the effectiveness of the civil protection order process. It provides guidance for advocates, attorneys, judges, law enforcement personnel, and prosecutors to help ensure that protection orders are effectively issued, served, and enforced across the country.

The guiding premise of the CPO Guide is that if each profession commits to certain common values, then the system as a whole will be better able to protect and promote the safety and well-being of victims of domestic violence and their children. 


Available on your eReader.  The electronic version of the CPO Guide is available on nearly every e-reading device.  It can be downloaded free of charge from the Apple, NOOK, and Sony bookstores and from Diesel Books online.  Amazon Kindle owners can also obtain an electronic version of the CPO Guide through the Kindle Bookstore; however, the cost is 99 cents.