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In VA, a new law, passed in 2010, now allows Protective Orders for Family Abuse to be renewed.  You can file a "Motion requesting a hearing to extend the order."   This must be filed before your protective order expires. Proceedings to extend a protective order are supposed to be given high priority by the court. If you were a member of the respondent's family or household at the time the initial protective order was issued, the court may extend your protective order for a period of up to two years to protect the health and safety of the you or your current family or household member(s). You can file to extend your order more than once.