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Virginia Protective Orders

Code Section
16.1-253, et seq.

Activity Addressed by Order
Enjoin contact; exclude from dwelling or provide alternative housing; regarding minors: visitations; use of motor vehicle

Emergency: 72 hrs. after issuance

Penalty for a Violation of Order
Contempt of court and Class 1 misdemeanor; no suspension of term

Who May Apply for Order
Any person or the court.

Fees Waived

Transmission to Law Enforcement
Copy to local police department or sheriff’s office

Civil Liability
Yes, contempt of court

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