Victims of domestic violence have many resources to turn to for help. One way to protect themselves from further abuse is to file a protective order. A protective order will protect a victim by allowing him or her to call police to arrest the abuser. However, before a victim may obtain a protective order, he or she must file certain paperwork with state court. Below you will find links to the proper forms for each state.
District of Columbia
If you have been a victim of domestic violence, an important first step is to call your local police. To learn more about filing a domestic violence lawsuit and other resources for victims, visit Findlaw’s Stopping Domestic Violence section.