Step 3: Fill out the necessary forms.
Check to see if the forms are available online by going to our VI Download Court Forms page.
On the complaint for a permanent restraining order, you will be the “petitioner” and the abuser will be the “respondent.” Write briefly about the most recent incidents of violence, using descriptive language - words like “slapping,” hitting,” “grabbing,” threatening,” “choking,” etc. - that fits your situation. Include details and dates, if possible.
Be specific. You may also want to include any previous court action(s) that you have taken against the abuser. You do not have to include your address on the complaint.1 If you do include your address, be sure to use a safe mailing address and phone number. If you are staying at a shelter with a confidential location, you may want to consider using a Post Office Box, not a street address, if possible. If you need assistance filling out the form, ask the clerk for help.2 Some courts may also have an advocate that can assist you. You may also find help through one of the domestic violence organizations listed on our VI Advocates and Shelters page.
Note: Be sure to sign the forms in front of the clerk of court. The forms may have to be notarized by the clerk of court.
1 VI ST T. 16 § 96(c)
2 VI ST T. 16 § 96(d)