Protective Orders

  1. Domestic Violence
  2. Stalking
Domestic Violence Protective Orders
There are 3 types of domestic violence protective orders:
  1. Emergency
  2. Permanent
  3. Preliminary
An Emergency Protective Order (up to 72 hours) can be issued by a magistrate. (If a warrant is issued for assault and battery against a family or household member and the magistrate finds there is probable danger of further acts of family abuse by the defendant, the magistrate is directed to issue an emergency protective order.

Preliminary & Permanent
Preliminary (can last for up to 2 weeks) and Permanent (up to 2 years) Protective Orders must be issued by a judge. You must contact an Intake Officer in person to obtain a domestic violence protective order. The Intake Officer is located at:
District Courts Building
111 Ennis Street
2nd Floor
Bowling Green, VA 22427

The Intake Officer can assist you in filling out a petition form and arranging for you to appear before a judge. Only the judge may issue the order of protection. It is best to go to the Intake Office when it opens at 8:30 am. A victim advocate can assist you in this process. Please call us at 804-633-8037 for more information.

More Information
You must have an address of the person you are filing against. Please note: it doesn't have to be a home address it may be a work location. If you have any questions, you can contact Caroline Victim/Witness at 804-633-8037 or the Intake Office at 804-633-9340. If you have an emergency, dial 911.

Please view the Protective Order Brochure (PDF) for more information.

Note: It is a felony for any person who is the subject of a protective order to purchase or transport any firearm while the protective order is in effect.