As of July 1, 2011, Virginia’s protective order statute covers persons in dating relationships. Prior to the expansion of the scope of the protective order statute, protective orders were available only to victims of (1) family abuse or (2) stalking, sexual battery, or a criminal offense resulting in a serious bodily injury. Now, this statute applies to “any act involving violence, force, or threat that results in bodily injury or places one in reasonable apprehension of death, sexual assault, or bodily injury,” Several other changes have been made to the protective order provisions of the Virginia Code, including provisions for family abuse protective orders and penalties for violating protective orders.
Consult a Virginia family law attorney knowledgeable in this important practice area if you need a protective order!
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