Domestic Violence Protective Orders

There are three types of domestic protective orders: Emergency, Preliminary, and Permanent Protective Orders. An Emergency Protective Order (up to 72 hours) can be issued by a magistrate or a police officer. (If a warrant is issued for assault and battery against a family or household member and the magistrate finds there is probable danger of further acts of family abuse by the defendant, the magistrate is directed to issue an emergency protective order).

Preliminary (up to two weeks) and Permanent (up to two years) Protective Orders must be issued by a judge. You must contact an Intake Officer in person to obtain a domestic protective order. The Intake Office is located in the Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court Building, 4201 East Parham Road. The Intake Officer can assist you in filling out a petition form and arranging for you to appear before a judge. (Only the judge may issue the order of protection.) It is best to go to the Intake Office when it opens at 8:00 a.m., but you must see an Intake Officer before 11:30 a.m., so that the protective order will be put on the court docket by 1:00 p.m. that day. A victim advocate can assist you in this process. Please call us at (804) 501-1680.

You must have an address of the person you are filing against. Please note: it doesn’t have to be a home address it may be a work location. If you have any questions, you can contact Henrico Victim/Witness at (804) 501-1680 or the Intake Office at (804) 501-4693. If you have an emergency, dial 911.
It is a felony for any person who is the subject of a protective order to purchase or transport any firearm while the protective order is in effect.

Protective Order brochure created by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (Adobe pdf)

On line Protective Order documents

Stalking/Serious Bodily Injury Protective Orders

There are three types of stalking/serious bodily injury protective orders: Emergency, Preliminary, and Permanent Protective Orders. An Emergency Protective Order (up to 72 hours) can be issued by a magistrate or a police officer. (If a warrant is issued for assault and battery against a family or household member and the magistrate finds there is probable danger of further acts of family abuse by the defendant, the magistrate is directed to issue an emergency protective order.)

Preliminary (up to two weeks) and Permanent (up to two years) Protective Orders must be issued by a judge. If the stalking/assault charges are being heard in the General District Court, you must contact the civil clerk’s office (501-4727) in person to extend an emergency protective order and obtain a preliminary/ permanent protective order. If the charges are being heard in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, you must contact an Intake Officer in person located in the Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court Building, 4201 East Parham Road. The Intake Officer can assist you in filling out a petition form and arranging for you to appear before a judge. (Only the judge may issue the order of protection.) It is best to go to the Intake Office when it opens at 8:00 a.m., but you must see an Intake Officer before 11:30 a.m. so that the protective order will be put on the court docket by 1:00 p.m. that day. A victim advocate can assist you in this process. Please call us at (804) 501-1680.

It is a felony for any person who is the subject of a protective order to purchase or transport any firearm while the protective order is in effect.

Stalking/Serious Bodily Injury Protective Order brochure created by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services. (Adobe pdf **)

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Safety Planning

In addition to the safety suggestions listed on the below website, please: Vary your schedule by 10-30 minutes so that you are not as accessible to the perpetrator; Make a copy of your car and house keys as you will never know when you need them; Keep your cell phone with you and charged at all times; And contact the police when and if there is a violation of any court orders or any problems that you may be experiencing.

National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence – Safety Planning (*Website*)

Richmond, VA YWCA – Safety Planning (*Website*)

Information for Sexual Assault Victims

National Sexual Violence Resource Center (*Website*)

LGBTQ Partner Abuse and Sexual Assault Helpline – (866) 356 – 6998

Information for Domestic Violence Victims

National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence (*Website*)

Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services information for victims of domestic violence (Adobe pdf **)

Virginia Department of Health – Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention (*Website*)

LGBTQ Partner Abuse and Sexual Assault Helpline – (866) 356 – 6998

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Information for Stalking Victims

Stalking is a crime of intimidation. Generally, stalking is defined as the willful or intentional commission of a series of acts which reasonably cause another person to fear death, criminal sexual assault, or bodily injury. Stalking is a Class 1 misdemeanor. A third or subsequent conviction of stalking within 5 years is a Class 6 felony.

If a warrant is issued for stalking, the victim of a stalker can seek the issuance of an Emergency Protective Order from a police officer or magistrate prohibiting the stalker from having any contact with the victim or the victim’s family or household members as well as setting such other conditions as the magistrate deems necessary to prevent continued stalking or injury to the victim and/or property.

If the subject of a protective order violates the terms of the order he/she is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor and can be arrested immediately. If a person is free on bond from an arrest and he/she violates the terms of a protective order or commits a new offense, grounds would also exist to revoke the bond previously posted.

Emergency Protective Orders may be applied for by the victim or by a law enforcement officer on behalf of the victim. EPOs are good for 72 hours, however, they can be extended for up to two weeks (Preliminary Protective Orders) and ultimately up to two years (Permanent Protective Orders). Please contact the Victim/Witness Program at (804) 501 4134 to have an advocate assist you in this process.

It is a felony for any person who is the subject of a protective order to purchase or transport any firearm while the protective order is in effect.

In addition to the safety suggestions listed on the below website, please: Vary your schedule by 10-30 minutes so that you are not as accessible to the perpetrator; Make a copy of your car and house keys- you will never know when you need them; Keep your cell phone with you and charged at all times; And contact the police when and if there is a violation of any court orders or any problems that you may be experiencing.

National Center for Victims of Crime information for victims of stalking

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Information for Homicide Survivors

National Center for Victims of Crime-Information for Homicide Survivors

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Referrals to Community Services

Safe Harbor (*Website*)

General Information for Witnesses

Dress appropriately for court. Arrive in time to find the correct courtroom. The dockets for General District Court are posted outside each courtroom. The dockets for Circuit Court are posted on the landing between the first and second floors at the main courthouse and also at the top of the stairs. The dockets for Juvenile and Domestic Court are in the lobby of the Juvenile Courthouse. Look for the defendant’s name on the docket to find the courtroom.

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