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Restraining Orders

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December 13, 2020

How will a judge make a decision about whether to grant the order?

When deciding whether to grant a substantial risk order, the judge must consider any relevant evidence, including any recent act of violence, force, or threat towards the respondent or another person.1 An act of violence force or threat is any act that:

  • involves violence, force, or threat that results in bodily injury; or
  • places a person in reasonable fear of death, sexual assault, or bodily injury.2

1 VA Code § 19.2-152.14(A)
2 VA Code § 19.2-152.7:1