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Posted: Sunday, February 5, 2012 9:12 pm | Updated: 10:51 am, Wed Jan 23, 2013.

When a former co-worker crept into her home and said, “I’ve just come to kill you,” a Herndon woman got one. When a man was chewed out by an opposing attorney in a Fairfax County civil case, he tried to get one. And when a landlord and a tenant had a heated argument over rent in Alexandria, the renter got one, too.

The number of requests for restraining orders in Virginia has exploded in the past six months, and a review by The Washington Post of more than 50 applications found that neighbors, co-workers, friends and even strangers are using a new law that makes them much easier to get.

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