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The Domestic Violence Division handles requests for Civil Protection Orders as well as cases alleging violations of protection orders and all misdemeanor criminal cases involving an 'intrafamily offense.' A Civil Protection Order may be requested by individuals alleging that a family member, romantic/dating partner, person with whom they have a child in common, share a common current or former partner, or currently or previously shared a residence committed or threatened to commit a crime against them.
The Domestic Violence Division also adjudicates cases where individuals allege they are a victim of stalking, sexual assault, or sexual abuse. People should request a Civil Protection Order if they want the person who committed a crime against them to stay away, not assault, threaten, harass or stalk them. After a Civil Protection Order is issued, people can also file motions for contempt if the Respondent violates the Order. When appropriate, judges in the Domestic Violence Division also adjudicate related divorce, custody, visitation, paternity and support cases involving the same parties, as well as certain related civil actions.
The Domestic Violence Intake Centers are operating remotely and can be reached by phone at:
- Domestic Violence Division Clerk’s Office- (202) 879-0157
If you are in a Domestic Violence situation and would like free and confidential assistance, DC Safe can assist with advocacy, safety planning, housing resources, case management, and connection to legal services. Contact DC Safe at 800-407-5048.
Click here for a full list of legal service providers. These organizations are available to help you complete the forms remotely and provide other assistance.
Petition for Civil Protection Order
Who is Eligible to Get a Domestic Violence Protection Order?
- You may seek a protection order if the other person is a family member, roommate, someone with whom you had a dating relationship or a child in common, are or were married to, or if they previously dated your current or former boyfriend or girlfriend.
- You may also file if you are the victim of stalking, sexual assault, or sexual abuse.
- To get a Civil Protection Order, you must prove to the judge that the other person committed or threatened to commit a crime against you.
Answer to Civil Protection Order
If the Judge Issues a Temporary Protection Order Against You:
You should obey all of the terms of that eOrder. Remember that the order restricts your behavior not the other person’s behavior, so it is up to you to make sure that you comply with the eOrder (for example, if the judge orders you to stay away, you have to make sure you are not near them, they do not have to change their behavior so that they are not near you).
If you want to file an answer and respond to the charges made in the request for the order, you can submit a response to the Domestic Violence Division electronically through this platform or by email at email@example.com. You can also call either of the following organizations to seek free legal advice about your case:
- Rising for Justice – (202) 638-4798
- Neighborhood Legal Services Program – (202) 837-6577