Protection Orders

Protection Orders

Printable Domestic Violence and Helpful Resources Guide

Who Can Be Protected

If you or your children are the victims of physical or sexual abuse, or threatened abuse, you can be protected under the Domestic Violence Protection Order Act. This applies if you are related to the abuser as a family member, were married, have ever lived together, have a child together, or have an established dating relations and are 16 years of age or older. 

Filing an Order for Protection

You will fill out forms that ask (petition) the court for a Temporary Order for Protection. In the forms the victim is called the petitioner, and the alleged abuser is called the respondent. The forms ask for such information as a description of the abuse, the respondent's date of birth, and a place to serve the respondent with the legal papers. The judge/court commissioner will review your completed forms, may ask you some questions, and will make a decision based on the information provided.

Protection Order Packet - Download Protection Order Packet  (This packet is now used for all types of Protection Orders - Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Anti-Harassment. You must designate the type of Order you are requesting in the documents where indicated.)

Vulnerable Adult Protection OrderDownload Vulnerable Adult Packet

There are multiple types of court orders that address domestic violence. To learn about what type of protection you might need, please Click Here or use the flowchart at the bottom of this page to help determine what kind of protection order you need.

Domestic Violence Protection OrdersFor the protection of family members and others who have a household relationship with the abuser and have experienced acts of violence or stalking or who are fearful that acts of violence will occur. 
Additional resources for Domestic Violence Support can be found at 
Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
Sexual Assault Protection OrdersFor the protection of victims of nonconsensual sexual conduct who do not have a  household relationship with the abuser.
Anti-Harassment or Stalking
Protection Orders
For the protection of victims of harassment or stalking. Typically filed in Wahkiakum District Court
Vulnerable Adult/Elderly Protection OrdersFor the protection of adults 60 years and older or other adults who meet certain conditions.  


All Court Forms regarding Domestic Violence can be found here:

http://www.courts.wa.gov/forms/?fa=forms.contribute&formID=16

Response (use to file related documents such as police reports, medical records, text messages, witness statements, etc., or to respond to a protection order filed against you.)

Download Response Packet

Costs:

  • There is no fee for forms, filing documents, or certified copies when asking for a Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Vulnerable Adult, Stalking, or Extreme Risk Protection Order.
  • There is no fee required for service of documents on the respondent if service is performed by law enforcement.
  • A $53 filing fee may apply in Anti-Harassment Protection Orders filed in Superior Court

What the Order Can & Cannot Do

An Order for Protection can restrain the respondent from:

  • Causing you or your minor children physical or sexual harm
  • Molesting, harassing, threatening, or stalking you or your children
  • Interfering with your custody/care of minor children
  • Removing your children from the State of Washington
  • Provide protection for your pet(s)

An Order for Protection may also remove the respondent from the family home and order him/her to pay the fees for obtaining the order. 

An Order for Protection cannot:

  • Establish or order payment of child support
  • Legally assign property to either party
  • Establish permanent child custody
  • Grant permanent use of the family home

These issues must be decided in separate court actions.

Importance of the Protection Order

The importance of the Order for Protection is that it lets the respondent, and the police know that you are serious in your determination to be safe. Violation of an order is a crime. If the respondent threatens or harms you or comes to a place the court has ordered him/her to stay away from, call 911.

Flow Chart