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Restraining Orders

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December 4, 2020

What protections can I get in a protective order for an act of violence, force or threat?

Emergency, preliminary and final protective orders can order the abuser to:

  • not commit acts of violence, force, or threat, or crimes resulting in injury to a person or damage to property;
  • prohibit any contact by the abuser with you or your family or household members (and, for emergency orders only, this can include prohibiting the abuser from being in your/their “physical presence,” which includes intentionally maintaining eye contact with you/them or unreasonably being within 100 feet from your/their home or work);
  • grant you possession of a pet or companion animal (if you are considered an owner of the pet); and/or
  • follow any other orders the judge decides are necessary to prevent:
    • acts of violence, force, or threat,
    • crimes resulting in injury to a person or damage to property, or
    • communication or other contact of any kind by the abuser.1

1 Va. Code §§ 19.2-152.8(B),(J); 19.2-152.9(A); 19.2-152.10(A)