Know the Laws: District of Columbia
UPDATED August 31, 2015
A restraining order or protective order is a legal order issued by a state court which requires one person to stop harming another. In the District of Columbia, these orders are known as civil protection orders.
Some restraining orders are issued in criminal court and some are issued in civil court.
A civil order that protects you from abuse by a current or former intimate partner, relative, housemate, someone with whom you have a child in common, or someone who is/was in a relationship with someone who you are/were in a relationship with.
If you are a victim of stalking, sexual assault, or sexual abuse, you can file for a civil protection order against the offender regardless of your relationship to him/her.
Your protection order can be enforceable wherever you move.
If you are planning to move to D.C. or are going to be in D.C. for any reason, your protection or restraining order can be enforced.
WomensLaw.org would like to thank Women Empowered Against Violence, Inc. (WEAVE) and the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia for helping us with this information.