Know the Laws: Virginia
UPDATED March 16, 2015
A protective order is a legal order issued by a state court which requires one person to stop harming another. In Virginia, there are protective orders for family abuse and protective orders for an act of violence, force, or threat, which are explained below.
Some restraining orders are issued in criminal court and some are issued in civil court.
A civil order that protects you from abuse by someone you have had an intimate relationship with or a relative.
A civil order based on an act of violence, force, or threat committed by anyone, regardless of the relationship to the victim.
Your Virginia protection order can be enforceable in another state
If you are planning to move to Virginia or are going to be in VA for any reason, your protection or restraining order can be enforced.