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Updated: 
December 4, 2020

I was not granted a protective order. What can I do?

If you are not granted a protective order, there are still some things you can do to stay safe.  It might be a good idea to contact one of the domestic violence resource centers in your area to get help, support, and advice on how to stay safe.  They can help you come up with a safety plan and help connect you with the resources you need.  You will find a list of resources on our VA Places that Help page.  You can also find safety planning tips on our Safety Tips page.

You may also be able to reapply for a protective order if a new incident of domestic violence occurs after you are denied the order.