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Who is Eligible to Get a Domestic Violence Protection Order?

The Petition for a Civil Protection Order form is currently being updated and not available on this website. To access the current Petition for a Civil Protection, Petition for an Anti-Stalking Order, and all other court forms, please visit the DC Courts Website. Additionally, parties can submit their paperwork by emailing it to DVD [at] (DVD[at]dcsc[dot]gov). Finally, if anyone has any questions about the new changes, they can submit inquiries by email at DVD [at] (DVD[at]dcsc[dot]gov) or call the Clerk’s Office at 202-879-0157. Parties can also seek more information by contacting an agency listed on the free legal service providers list.

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 should go to the Domestic Violence Clerk’s Office, in room 4510 of the Moultrie Courthouse, at 500 Indiana Avenue, NW, Washington DC or the Greater Southeast Intake Center, at 1328 Southern Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20032 to file a response.

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Please use this link if you want to reopen your request for a protection order.

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Please use this link if you need to change the court date.

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Please use this link if you wish to change the protection order, keep the order in place longer, or get rid of the order.

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Please use this link if an order was filed against you in your absence and you wish to get rid of it.

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Domestic Violence Division

Presiding Judge: Hon. Elizabeth Carroll Wingo
Deputy Presiding Judge: Hon. Sean Staples

Domestic Violence Division Clerk's Offices

Moultrie Courthouse
500 Indiana Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 879-0157

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Anacostia Professional Building
2041 Martin Luther King, Jr., SE, Suite 400,
Washington, DC 20020
(202) 879-1500

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Hours of Operation

8:30 am to 5:00 pm

(In order to have a same day emergency civil hearing, filings must be received by Clerk’s Office by 3:00pm)

Telephone Numbers

Rita Blandino, Director
(202) 879-0157