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How to File a Protective Order in Virginia

Requesting a Protective Order can be an extremely emotional, and confusing, process. Where do I go? What do I ask for? Who do I speak to? These could be just some of the questions you are asking yourself when you are considering filing a Protective Order. This week, I’m going to explain where to go to obtain a Protective Order.

Where do you even file for a Protective Order? You would visit the local magistrate. The magistrate in every city or county is available 24/7 to handle a myriad of issues and will decide if your situation merits a Protective Order.  If the injuries or threats were made by a “family or household member” then the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court would enforce the Order. The term “family and household member” is rather broad in the eyes of Virginia. If the injuries or threats were made by someone who is not a family or household member,  the General District Court would handle the matter.

If you have any questions regarding how to obtain a Protective Order, or if you have been served with a Protective Order and have questions, feel free to give us a call at 757-656-1000 or send us an email at, and we will be happy to set up a time for you to speak with an attorney about your concerns. The more informed you are, the less frightening the process can be. We can help!