What is a Protection Order?
A protection order is an order issued by a Magistrate or a Judge to help keep a victim of family abuse safe from further acts of violence.
Who is Eligible to Seek a Protection Order?
If a family or household member is abusing you, you can seek a protective order. A “family or household member” is defined as (VA Code section 16.1-228):
Is there a Cost for getting a Protection Order?
- The person’s spouse whether or not he or she resides in the same house with the person
- The person’s former spouse, whether or not he or she resides in the same home with the person
- The person’s parents, stepparents, children, stepchildren, brothers, sisters, grandparents, and grandchildren, regardless of whether such persons reside in the home with the person
- The person’s mother-in-law, father-in-law, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, and sisters-in-law, who reside in the same home with the person
- Any individual who has a child in common with the person, whether or not the person and that individual have been married or have resided together at any time
- Any individual who cohabits or who, within the previous 12 months, cohabited with the person, and any children of either of them then residing in the same home with the person
No. There is no cost to request a protection order.
Where do I go to get a Protection Order?
If you are in immediate danger, call 9-1-1. A law enforcement officer can assist you with obtaining an emergency protection order.
A preliminary protection order may be requested through the Court Services Unit at the Loudoun County Courthouse, 18 E Market Street in Leesburg. Call 703-777-0303 for more information. Appointments are not necessary; walk-ins are accepted.
For detailed information about the protection order process and where to go for assistance in obtaining a protection order, please click on the links below: