Seals of the Court of Appeals and Superior Court
District of Columbia Courts

Get a Protection Order

How do I get a protection order?

  • Come to one of the Domestic Violence Intake Centers
  • File a petition for a Civil Protection Order (click here to fill out form online)
  • The process of requesting the petition, filling out the paperwork, getting the case scheduled, and appearing before the judge can take a while so be prepared to spend a few hours to complete this process.
  • For information on an Extreme Risk Protection Order, see question below or click here

Who is Eligible to Get a Civil 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.

Who should request a Temporary Protection Order?

If you feel your life is in immediate danger, request a Temporary Protection Order.

What is an Extreme Risk Protection Order?

  • An Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) may be requested to have an individual's firearm, ammunition, a registration certificate, a license to carry a concealed pistol, or a dealer's license removed from the possession of someone who poses an extreme risk to themselves or others. See here for more information, including FAQs. Click to see the Petition for Extreme Risk Order

What should I expect at my Civil Protection Order Hearing?

  • Show up to any court hearings on time. Remember that there are lines to get into the courthouse, so arrive early.
  • If you cannot come to court on the day you have been ordered to appear, you can ask for a continuance. Remember you have to come to court unless the court date is changed by the Court.
  • Bring evidence and witnesses that can help you prove your allegations
  • An attorney negotiator will meet with you just before your hearing. Pay close attention to all the information that he or she gives you. Ask questions if you do not understand, but remember that the attorney negotiator is not your lawyer and cannot give you legal advice.

How do I get help with forms online?

Domestic Violence Division

Presiding Judge: Hon. Maribeth Raffinan
Deputy Presiding Judge: Hon. Kimberley Knowles
Director: Rita Blandino

Moultrie Courthouse
500 Indiana Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20001

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Hours of Operation

8:30 am to 5:00 pm

(Hearings on Temporary Protection Order Requests, 9:30 am - 4:00 pm)

Telephone Numbers

Rita Blandino, Director
(202) 879-0157