About Protective Orders
In Virginia, there are two kinds of Protective Orders:
Your local court is likely to have more 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 booklet 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.
There is a free court approved online program called I-CAN!™ Virginia that will help you fill out the forms you need to file with the court for either kind of Protective Order. I-CAN!™ Virginia will also print instructions that tell you what to do with your forms, and how the court process works. This program can be accessed in English and Spanish.
Your local court may be able to direct you to resources to help you complete the forms.