The J&DR District Court can issue preliminary family abuse protective orders, if you feel your life and/or safety is in danger from a family or household member.
Call 911 if you are in immediate danger.
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When filing for a Protective Order, you must bring along several items, including a picture ID, description events that have transpired, and any adult witnesses. Learn more about this process.
There are various types of protective orders pertaining to both family and non-family abuse.
HOPE Cards are durable, wallet-sized cards available to petitioners in family abuse protective orders when a final order of protection has been entered. HOPE Cards list the provisions included in a final protective order and are designed for petitioners’ convenience. The size of a credit card, HOPE Cards are an easier way for petitioners to keep active protective orders on their person at all times. HOPE Cards also make identification of protected parties easier for law enforcement, and alert officers if a weapon was involved. HOPE Cards are available by application only and are free to protective order petitioners.
The Magistrate has the authority to issue emergency protective orders 24/7. Please contact the Magistrate if the court is not open (before or after business hours).
12th District Chief Magistrate
6900 Mimms Loop Drive
Chesterfield, VA 23832
For additional information about family abuse protective orders in Chesterfield (PDF) or Domestic Violence Resources.