The court will need a full description of events that led you to seek a protective order. If you used the I-CAN! Virginia online system, bring the affidavit (a written statement describing the events) with you. You will need this same information for the full hearing (where both parties are before the judge) that will be scheduled if a Preliminary Order is issued. At the full hearing (where both parties are before the judge) the judge will inquire about the events that led you to seek a Protective Order.
The court will also need the name and full address of the person from whom you are seeking protection. A full and complete address of the person is required, including an apartment number or unit number. This information is also needed to send to the Virginia State Police if the orders are issued.
Other Important Information to Bring
Law enforcement will need as much identifying and contact information as possible about the person from whom you are seeking protection. This information is essential as law enforcement must be able to find this person for the Protective Order to take effect.
Please provide as much information as possible:
- Respondent’s name, address, and any phone numbers
- Workplace, phone, and address
- Date of birth
- Eye color
- Hair color
- Social security number
- Any defining information – tattoos, scars
- Description of vehicle
- Where the alleged abuser can be found after 5 pm
- Other places frequented by this person
Can you supply the items and/or have answers to these questions:
- Do you have a picture of this person that can be copied?
- Is this person in jail? If yes, do you know which jail?
- Does this person own or carry firearms?
- Does this person have a concealed weapons permit?
- Does this person have a history of drug or alcohol abuse?
- Does this person have a history of mental illness?
- Is this person currently on medication for mental illness?
- Would you consider this person a threat to law enforcement officers?