Emergency Response Protective Order (ERPO): A New Law Protecting Virginia Victims

Monday, January 11, 2021

A webcast via Zoom Webinar


2:00 pm - 3:30 pm                 



Joseph R. Carico, Esq., Executive Director, Southwest Virginia Legal Aid



The 2020 VA General Assembly passed several laws related to firearms designed to increase safety in our communities. Two of these directly impact victims of intimate partner violence and other volatile and vulnerable individuals in our communities. Statistics show that firearms are the weapon of choice in intimate partner homicides in the United States and in Virginia. Therefore, appropriate implementation of these laws requires communities to come together and ensure a plan for appropriate application. 

This training will highlight the Emergency Response Protective Order (ERPO), referred to by some as the “Red Flag” law; who can request an ERPO and how it is intended to be utilized; and the Protective Order Firearms restrictions and how communities can ensure its implementation.

The training is sponsored by the Wise County Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court, The Honorable Elizabeth S. Wills. This project was supported in whole or part by V-STOP Grant No. 20-Q4161VA19 awarded by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services to the Office of the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court of Virginia, from funds authorized by the Violence Against Women Act and awarded to Virginia by the U.S. Department of Justice. 


COURSE MATERIALS: Emergency Response Protective Order (ERPO): A New Law Protecting Virginia Victims



Ruth Micklem, Community Initiatives Manager, Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance (VSDVAA), Richmond, VA

Ruth Micklem is Community Initiatives Manager with the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance (VSDVAA). Ruth has worked with survivors of sexual and intimate partner violence for over 35 years. She began her career in a homeless shelter, has worked as a legal and outreach advocate, SART coordinator, and program director of a rural program. She previously served as Co-Director of the Action Alliance where she spent 19 years developing statewide programs and addressing statewide and national policy on sexual and domestic violence. She has spent the last four years training new advocates and providing statewide training on a variety of topics that help communities enhance their response to sexual and intimate partner violence. 



Magistrates & clerks - 2.0 continuing legal education credits

Guardians ad litem for children - 1.5 credit hours 

Attorneys - 1.5 CLE credits

Law enforcement - pending approval

Certificate of Attendance only also available



Video Recording: (Click to play recorded session)

NOTE: This recording is being provided for informational purposes only. Viewing the recording after the fact is NOT approved for continuing education credit. Only those who registered and attended the Jan. 11 training - which included the live Q&A with the presenter - are eligible to receive credit for their participation.

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