Legal Information: Virginia

Restraining Orders

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Updated: 
November 18, 2016

Who is eligible for this protective order? In which court is it filed?

You may be eligible to file a petition for a protective order against anyone who committed an act of violence, force or threat against you. You do not have to have a family or household member relationship to get this protective order.*  


If you are filing against someone who you do not have a family or household member relationship, you would file your petition in the General District Court.*  If you are filing against a family or household member, you would file in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.**


The steps for filing are similar to the steps for filing for a family abuse protective order, as described in VA Protective Orders for Family Abuse.


You can find the petition for a protective order online, and instructions for how to fill the petition out on Virginia's Courts Website.


* See "Protective Orders: What does the new legislation mean?"

** See "What You Need to Know About Protective Orders."