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Domestic Violence and Protective Orders

Domestic violence (also called family violence) is a pattern of behavior and a method of control which results in physical injury or places one in reasonable apprehension of serious bodily injury and which is committed by a person against such person’s family or household member. One person dominates other household members by violence and/or psychological abuse.

Family Abuse Protective Orders

This article contains information regarding your rights to protective orders when you have a family or household member relationship to the person who is hurting you.

Protective Orders

This article contains information regarding your rights to protective orders- whether or not you have a family or household member relationship to the person who is hurting you.

Questions Victims of Domestic Violence Often Have

This articles answers questions about your rights if you are a victim of domestic violence.

Directory of Sexual and Domestic Violence Agencies in Virginia

Use this link to find the local accredited domestic and sexual violence program in your area.

Virginia’s Early Lease Termination Law for Domestic and Sexual Violence Victims

Virginia’s new early lease termination law provides certain victims of family abuse, sexual abuse and sexual assault the right to terminate their residential leases.

Directory of Sexual and Domestic Violence Agencies in Virginia

Use this link to find the local accredited domestic and sexual violence program in your area.

I-CAN Virginia

I-CAN!? is a free online program that will help you fill out the forms you will need to petition for a Family Abuse Protective Order. I-CAN!? will also print instructions to tell you what to do with your forms, and how the court process works.

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