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Important note: Although courts may be closed or accepting limited cases due to COVID-19, there should still be a way to file for a protection order and other emergency relief. See our Frequently Asked Questions Involving Courts and COVID-19, or call your local courthouse for more details.

Legal Information: District of Columbia

Restraining Orders

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Updated: 
November 1, 2019

Civil Protection Orders (for domestic violence victims)

A civil protection order is a civil order that protects you from abuse by a current or former spouse, domestic partner, intimate/dating partner, relative (by blood or marriage/domestic partnership), 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. (Note: It also protects victims of stalking, sexual assault, or sexual abuse who do NOT have the type of relationship described above.)