Protective Orders

About Protective Orders

In Virginia, there are two categories of Protective Orders:

1) Family Abuse Protective Order, which is heard in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court

2) Non-Family Abuse Protective Order, which is heard in the General District Court

Your local court is likely to have additional resources and information, including guidelines for the hearings.  The Pulaski Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court offers this short video about protective orders in Virginia.  Be sure to check with your local court for details before proceeding.

The publication Understanding Protective Orders may also help you understand more about the process and what you need to bring to court.

Safety & Community Resources

Sexual & Domestic Violence Agencies serve most communities in Virginia.  They are available 24 hours a day, and can offer many services to help and support you or someone you are worried about.  If you are unsure which agency would best help you, call the Virginia Family Violence & Sexual Assault Hotline at 1.800.838.8238.

Legal Resources

Legal information and legal advice are very important in abuse cases, and you are strongly urged to contact a lawyer.

Court Forms

There is a free court approved online program called I-CAN!™ Virginia that will help you fill out the forms you will need to file with the court for either kind of Protective Order.  I-CAN!™ Virginia will also print instructions to tell you what to do with your forms, and how the court process works.  This program is available in English and Spanish.

Your local court may be able to direct you to resources to help you complete the forms.

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