Protection Orders Available in Washington State
If you're a victim of domestic violence in Washington state, you may be trying to determine which type of protection order is the right one for your needs. Here at The Law Offices of Alesha Struthers, our hearts are with you as you go through this difficult and dangerous time. Your safety is extremely important. If you're not sure where to turn or what you need to do to get out and stay out, please visit our domestic violence resources page. If you need assistance in filing a domestic violence protection order form in the Washington court system or assistance with a family law matter, schedule your free consultation with our office. We are here to help.
Civil Protection Orders a Victim May Request in Washington State
- Anti-Harassment Protection Order –In Washington state, an anti-harassment protection order may be pursued by someone when another knowingly and willfully engages in conduct that seriously alarms, annoys, harasses, or causes substantial emotional distress for no lawful purpose. An anti-harassment protection order may last for one year, or it may be issued permanently. RCW 10.14
- Domestic Violence Protection Order – In Washington state, a domestic violence protection order may be pursued by someone when another causes physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or the infliction of fear of imminent physical harm, bodily injury or assault, sexual assault, or stalking by a family or household member. A domestic violence protection order may last for one year, or it may be issued permanently. RCW 26.50
- Restraining Order – A restraining order is only available if you are involved in a family law case. It is used to stop the other party from bothering you. It can be used along with a domestic violence protection order as well, but it is still its own order and will be handled separately by law enforcement and the courts. A temporary restraining order may be issued for the duration of the family law case. A permanent restraining order may be issued in the final decree for a time limit chosen by the court.
- Sexual Assault Protection Order – In Washington state, a sexual assault protection order may be pursued by someone who has experienced nonconsensual sexual conduct or penetration by another who is not a family or household member. A sexual assault protection order may last up to two years. Generally, this order is used if you are a victim of sexual assault and you do not qualify for a domestic violence protection order. RCW 7.90
- Stalking Protection Order –In Washington state, a stalking protection order may be pursued by someone who has been stalked (including cyber stalking) by a another who is not a family or household member. A stalking protection order may last for a specific period of time as determined by the court, or it may be permanent. RCW 7.92
- Vulnerable Adult Protection Order – In Washington state, a vulnerable adult protection order may be used to protect a vulnerable adult who needs legal protection because of abuse, threatened or actual abandonment, financial misuse of money or assets, or neglect. A vulnerable adult may file for their own protection order, or someone else may file on their behalf. A vulnerable adult is defined by Washington law as someone who is as least 60 years of age who is unable to care from themselves, are incapacitated, has a developmental disability, is admitted to some kind of facility, receives services from an agency of some sort (such as home health or hospice), receives services from an individual provider (such as a personal care attendant), and who self-directs their own care and receives services from an aide. A vulnerable adult protection order may be issued for a fixed period, but it may not be issued for more than five years. RCW 74.34
- Extreme Risk Protection Order- In Washington state, an extreme risk protection order may be pursued against an individual who is believed to pose a substantial risk to self and others and has access or the ability to obtain a firearm. A petition for an Extreme Risk Protection Order may only be filed by a law enforcement agency, a law enforcement officer, or someone who is a family member or a household member of the respondent. Family member or household member includes an individual related by blood, marriage, or adoption; a dating partner; a person who has a child with the individual; a person who lives or who lived with the individual in the past year; domestic partners; a person with a biological or legal parent-child relationship, including step-parent and step-child as well as grandparent and grandchild; and a person who acts or acted as legal guardian for the individual. RCW 7.94
- Washington VINE Protective Order-In Washington state, a VINE protective order will automatically notify a petitioner or crime victim if an order is about to expire or when it has been served. registervpo.com
Criminal Protection Orders a Prosecutor May Request in Washington State
Criminal domestic violence protection orders may be issued when criminal charges are filed against the alleged perpetrator by either the State of Washington or the city where the action took place. There are two basic criminal domestic violence protect order forms available in Washington state:
- Domestic Violence No-Contact Order – A domestic violence no-contact order is issued if the State or city prosecutor charges the defendant and they are convicted of domestic violence. The court will ultimately decide how long the order will remain in effect despite a victim's or witness's objection. The court also has the power to modify and drop the order. RCW 10.99
- Harassment No-Contact Orders-A harassment no-contact order is issued if the State or city prosecutor charges the defendant and they are convicted of harassment. The court will ultimately decide how long the order will remain in effect despite a victim's or witness's objection. The court also has the power to modify and drop the order. RCW 9A.46
If you have questions regarding civil domestic violence protection order forms, schedule your free initial consultation online or by calling the Law Offices of Alesha Struthers.