Please see below the full list of interactive interviews to assist you in creating forms related to domestic violence.
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 or Anti-Stalking Order
Please use this link if you want to ask the court for a Civil Protection Order or Anti-Stalking Order.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
Motion to Reinstate
Please use this link if you want to reopen your request for a protection order.
Request for Continuance
Please use this link if you need to change the court date.
Motion to Modify, Extend or Vacate
Please use this link if you wish to change the protection order, keep the order in place longer, or get rid of the order.
Motion to Set Aside Default Judgment
Please use this link if an order was filed against you in your absence and you wish to get rid of it.
Motion to Dismiss Petition for Civil Protection Order or Praecipe of Dismissal
Request to ask the court to dismiss the Civil Protection Order case.
Motion to Adjudicate Criminal/Civil Contempt
Motion to notify the court that the other party did not follow the term(s) of the Civil Protection Order.
Petition for Extreme Risk Protection Order
Please use this link if you wish to ask the court for an Extreme Risk Protection Order.