Easily Request a Restraining Order in Washington, DC

File a Restraining Order Easily Request a Restraining Order in Washington, DC

Protect Yourself With a Restraining Order in Washington DC

Relationships can sometimes sour, leaving the involved parties in an endless loop of misery and despair. Unfortunately, not everyone has the ability or the strength to walk away from a bad situation and things often get worse. In many cases, a spouse, partner, or another victim of abuse, harassment, or violence feels as though they are unable to safely leave.

One way that victims can break free of their abusers is to petition the court for a restraining order. In Washington DC, victims have specific rights when it comes to protecting themselves, their children, property, and assets, and restraining order requests are often granted swiftly.

If you're dealing with an abusive individual, don't hesitate to begin the process of obtaining a restraining order. With DoNotPay, getting a restraining order against someone is fast and easy. It's also legally binding.

What Is a Restraining Order Exactly?

A Civil Protection Order (CPO), also referred to as a restraining order, is a court order declared by a judge. It can contain language that requires someone to follow specific requirements such as:

  • Physically staying away from the person requesting the CPO
  • The individual may also be required to abstain from contacting the victim in any manner.
  • Any other requirements the judge deems necessary to ensure the victim's safety.

What Types of Restraining Orders Are Granted in Washington DC?

In DC, there are two unique types of restraining orders that a victim of abuse or harassment can obtain. The judge presiding over the hearing will decide which type of protective order is appropriate for the situation.

  • Temporary Protection Orders - A judge may grant this temporary order if they believe that your safety or welfare is at risk. They will also take into consideration the well-being and safety of your pets and other animals who may be in danger from the abuser.
  • Final Civil Protection Orders - This type of order is issued after you go to court with your abuser, or you go to court alone with proof of abuse, or your abuser consents to the protection order. If the judge feels there is a good cause, your request will be granted.

DC's Restraining Order Laws

In Washington DC, protective orders are available to help protect intimate partners, family members, household members, sexual assault, and sex trafficking survivors from further abuse. If you or someone you love experiences any of the following crimes, you may be able to obtain a CPO:

  • Physical Abuse
  • Sexual assault
  • Sex trafficking of children
  • Human trafficking for labor or sex acts

How to Obtain a Restraining Order in DC

If you're a victim of abuse, the first thing you should do is find a safe place where your abuser can't find you. Even if you have to go to the local police station, get safe. If you can't get away, call the authorities for help. Once you're ready to file for a restraining order you'll need to follow this procedure:

  1. First, you must complete a form called a petition. You can do this online, or via email.
  2. Follow the guided interview to ensure you've answered all the questions.
  3. Detail everything the party has done to drive you to file for a CPO.
  4. Provide proof by way of photos, recordings, and witness testimony.

What Happens After Requesting a Restraining Order?

That depends on the type of protective order you're requesting. If you are in front of the judge to ask for a temporary protection order, the judge may grant your request the same day. If your request doesn't get seen until late in the day, you may have to wait until the next morning. If you're not seeking a temporary restraining order, it could take up to two weeks for a judge to consider your request.

Once your request has been granted, it is your responsibility to serve the petition to the individual. However, if you're not comfortable doing this you can request the assistance of the Metropolitan Police Department. The police department will serve the papers as long as the individual lives within city limits.

How Long Does a Restraining Order Last?

In Washington DC, a temporary protection order can be valid for up to 14 days. When you appear before the judge again, you'll be able to request an extension if necessary. Generally, temporary restraining order extensions are granted in 14-day periods up to 28 days. However, it can be longer if both parties agree.

If you've been granted a final CPO in Washington DC, you can rest easy knowing that it lasts for up to two years. Although this is not always the case. You should check the expiration date on the order to be sure of your protection period. Keep in mind that the length of the protective order may change if it can be proven that there is a "good cause" to extend, modify, or vacate it.

What Qualifies for a Restraining Order in Washington DC?

If you feel as though you, your family, your animals, or your home are in danger in any way, contact the police right away. If you're dealing with an individual who won't leave alone and who is threatening or otherwise causing you fear or harm, you may apply for a protective order such as:

Types of Protective Orders in DC:Used When:
Civil Protection Orders (CPO)An individual is being abused or harassed and requires protection from an abuser that is close to them such as a spouse or family member.
Anti-Stalking Orders (ASO)A stranger is harassing, following, or otherwise intimidating someone and their advances are unwelcome.
Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPO)There is an imminent risk of injury or harm to an individual, their animals, or their property from a harasser, stalker, or abuser.

Get a Restraining Order Hassle-Free With DoNotPay

If you've been dealing with an abusive partner, or a scary stalker, the last thing you want is to deal with a bunch of red tape and hassles. When you use DoNotPay to apply for a restraining order in DC, your request will go through easily and you won't have to worry about spending a lot of time.

To apply for a restraining order with the help of DoNotPay just follow these simple steps:

  1. Search for relationship protection on DoNotPay.


  2. Answer a few easy questions on our File a Restraining Order product.


  3. Submit the form and you’re done!


Once you've answered all the questions, DoNotPay will provide all the forms you need to fill out to file for a protective order in DC. We'll even give you detailed instructions for how to file for a restraining order so there's no guesswork or mistakes.

Use DoNotPay to Apply for a Restraining Order Anywhere

Unfortunately, it's not easy to escape an abusive relationship or a crazy stalker who's obsessed with you. Even if you've gotten a restraining order in DC, you're not protected if you move to another state or if you travel. Your abuser could find you and start giving you trouble. But, don't worry, DoNotPay can help you get a restraining order no matter where you live.

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