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Legal Statutes: District of Columbia

UPDATED April 11, 2017

District of Columbia Statutes

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Subchapter IV. Interstate Enforcement Of Domestic Violence Protection Orders; Uniform Law.

back to top§ 16-1041. Definitions.

For purposes of this subchapter, the term:

(1) "District" means the District of Columbia.


(2) "Foreign protection order" means a protection order issued by a tribunal of another State.


(3) "Issuing State" means the State whose tribunal issues a protection order.


(4) "Mutual foreign protection order" means a foreign protection order that includes provisions in favor of both the protected individual seeking enforcement of the order and the respondent.


(5) "Protected individual" means an individual protected by a protection order.


(6) "Protection order" means an injunction or other order, whether temporary or final, issued by a tribunal for the purpose of preventing violent or threatening acts or harassment against, contact or communication with, or physical proximity to, another individual.


(7) "Respondent" means the individual against whom enforcement of a protection order is sought.


(8) "State" means a State of the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, or any territory or insular possession subject to the jurisdiction of the United States. The term "State" includes an Indian tribe or band that has jurisdiction to issue protection orders.


(9) "Tribunal" means a court, agency, or other entity authorized by law to issue or modify a protection order.
(Apr. 11, 2003, D.C. Law 14-296, § 2(c), 50 DCR 320.)