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Domestic violence unit

The Domestic Violence Unit, located at 500 Indiana Avenue NW, Room 4510, handles requests for Civil Protection Orders as well as cases alleging violations of protection orders and all misdemeanor criminal cases involving an 'intrafamily offense.' A Civil Protection Order may be requested by individuals alleging that a family member, romantic/dating partner, person with whom they have a child in common, share a common current or former partner, or currently or previously shared a residence committed or threatened to commit a crime against them. The Domestic Violence Unit also adjudicates cases where individuals allege they are a victim of stalking, sexual assault, or sexual abuse. People should request a Civil Protection Order if they want the person who committed a crime against them to stay away, not assault, threaten, harass or stalk them. After a Civil Protection Order is issued, people can also file motions for contempt if the Respondent violates the Order. When appropriate, judges in the Domestic Violence Unit also adjudicate related divorce, custody, visitation, paternity and support cases involving the same parties, as well as certain related civil actions.

You may seek a Civil Protection Order if another person is a family member, roommate, someone you had a dating relationship with or a child in common, are or were married to, or if they previously dated your current boyfriend or girlfriend and they committed a crime against you. You may also request a Civil Protection Order against someone who stalked, or sexually abused, or sexually assaulted you.

The Domestic Violence Intake Centers have representatives from the Court as well as the following organizations; Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia, DC Metropolitan Police Department, SAFE (Survivors and Advocates For Empowerment), and US Attorney's Office, AYUDA, Bread for the City, DC Volunteers Lawyers Project, The Wendt Center, and Legal Aid.

The DC Superior Court Supervised Visitation Center provides supervised visitation and exchange services primarily to court-referred domestic violence cases.

If your DC Courts Domestic Violence Victim Advocate is not available or if you wish to receive additional information or support, you can contact one or more of the following organizations.

You should obey all of the terms of your Order. Remember that the Order restricts your behavior not the other person’s behavior, so it is up to you to make sure that you comply with the Order.



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Domestic Violence Unit

Presiding Judge: Hon. Fern Saddler

Moultrie Courthouse
500 Indiana Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20001

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Hours of Operation

8:30 am to 5:00 pm

(Hearings on Temporary Protection Order Requests, 9:30 am - 4:00 pm)

Telephone Numbers

William Agosto, Director
(202) 879-0157