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Domestic Violence Division

The Domestic Violence Division, located in Room 4510 of the Moultrie Courthouse, handles: Civil Protection Orders, Anti-Stalking Orders, Extreme Risk Protection Orders, and all misdemeanor criminal cases involving an 'intra-family offense.'

To learn more about requesting a Civil Protection Order, an Anti-Stalking Order, or an Extreme Risk Protection Order, click here.

FORMS: You can access fillable forms and submit by email to DVD [at] here. For access to all of the Domestic Violence Division Forms, please click here.

You may seek a Civil Protection Order if another person is a family member, roommate, someone you had a dating relationship with or a child in common, are or were married to, or if they previously dated your current boyfriend or girlfriend and they committed a crime against you. You may also request a Civil Protection Order against someone who stalked, or sexually abused, or sexually assaulted you.

The Domestic Violence Intake Centers have representatives from the Court as well as the following organizations; Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia, DC Metropolitan Police Department, SAFE (Survivors and Advocates For Empowerment), and US Attorney's Office, AYUDA, Bread for the City, DC Volunteers Lawyers Project, The Wendt Center, and Legal Aid.

The DC Superior Court Supervised Visitation Center provides supervised visitation and exchange services primarily to court-referred domestic violence cases.

If your DC Courts Domestic Violence Victim Advocate is not available or if you wish to receive additional information or support, you can contact one or more of the following organizations.

You should obey all of the terms of your Order. 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 Order.



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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