You do not need a lawyer to file for a preliminary protective order. The Juvenile Services Intake Unit will provide assistance to help you complete the necessary paperwork and will provide basic information about preparing for your court hearing. The unit, however, cannot give you legal advice. You may want to hire a lawyer to represent you at your full hearing (where both parties are before a judge), especially if the person from whom you want protection will have a lawyer.
The Loudoun Abused Women's Shelter (LAWS) has a part-time staff attorney who may be able to assist with permanent protective order hearings. Call 703-444-6652 (V/TTY) or 703-771-3397 (LAWS Legal Services). For Virginia Lawyer Referral Service, call 800-552-7977.