Call Right Away If You Need A Protective Order
No one should have to live in an unsafe home. If you are in a serious abusive situation, we urge you to seek legal help immediately.
Family abuse is defined in the Commonwealth of Virginia as any act involving violence, threat or forceful detention, or any other action that results in physical harm or causes a person to fear that he or she is in danger of physical harm.
It is often a matter between two spouses, but it can be between any two household members. Children and vulnerable older people are frequently victims of family abuse. And, indeed, a history of abuse will greatly affect a parent’s right to visitation and other parenting privileges.
We Help People Get The Assistance They Need
Orders of protection for family abuse come in several forms:
- Emergency protective orders (EPO) are obtained from a law enforcement office or magistrate in the city or county where the alleged abuse occurred. They last 72 hours or until the next scheduled court date.
- Preliminary protective orders (PPO) are obtained from the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court where the alleged abuse occurred. They last for 15 days.
- Protective orders (PO) last up to two years and require a hearing at which both sides can present evidence.
Protecting The Falsely Accused
Family abuse is a complex issue, reflecting the complexity of family situations. Sometimes accusations are made falsely, to obtain leverage in a custody battle or just to hurt the other party. Our attorneys defend individuals falsely charged with domestic assault.