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Restraining Orders

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Laws current as of April 5, 2024

If the stalker lives in a different state, can I still get an anti-stalking order?

If the stalker does not live in D.C., the judge may still have the ability to issue an anti-stalking order against the stalker if one of the following is true:

  • at least one instance of stalking happened in D.C.;
  • at least one instance of stalking had an effect on you in D.C.;1
  • communication from the stalker was made or received in D.C.; or
  • you live in D.C. and are able to access electronic communications from the stalker while in D.C., such as through social media or email.2

However, even if none of the above apply to your situation, it does not necessarily mean that you can’t get an order. If you file, the stalker may agree to the order or the judge may find other circumstances that allow the order to be granted.

You can read more about personal jurisdiction in our Court System Basics - Personal Jurisdiction section.

Note: If the judge in your state refuses to issue an order, you can file for an order in the courthouse in the state where the stalker lives. However, remember that you will likely need to file the petition in person and attend various court dates, which could be difficult if the stalker’s state is far away.

1 D.C. Code § 21-3135(a)
2 D.C. Code § 21-3135(b)