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SUBMIT YOUR CIVIL PROTECTION ORDER PETITION ONLINE

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If you are unable to submit a petition electronically you can:

  • Print out the appropriate forms packet (see below), complete and bring them into our office  
  • Call our office at 360.416.1800 for assistance


Civil Protection Orders

Washington State law allows a person (called the Petitioner) to file a civil case in court asking a judge or a commissioner to grant an order to protect them from another person (called the Respondent) whose behavior is abusive, threatening, exploitative, or seriously alarming. Washington State has recently passed House Bill 1320 which updates laws concerning civil protection orders to further enhance and improve their efficacy and accessibility. This law is effective July 1, 2022 and can be found here: RCW 7.105.

One petition is now used when filing for a domestic violence protection order, anti-harassment protection order, sexual assault protection order, stalking, and vulnerable adult protection order. A separate form is used for extreme risk protection orders - which are primarily filed by law enforcement but can be filed by an intimate partner, family, or household member. An extreme risk protection order does not protect an individual but rather protects society. 

Petitioners choose which type of protection order is most appropriate for them to file. However, protection orders do not cover everyone's needs; there may be other legal remedies that are appropriate. 

 

Need more information? Find helpful information and resources here.

 

 

What Type of Protection Order Should I File?

Use this flowchart to help determine what kind of protection order you need.

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  • Domestic Violence: The petitioner may petition for a domestic violence protection order on behalf of themselves or on behalf of family or household members who are minors or vulnerable adults. A petition for a domestic violence protection order must specify whether the petitioner or the respondent are intimate partners, family, or household members. 

  • Anti-Harassment: The petitioner may petition for an anti-harassment protection order on behalf of themselves, a minor child where the petitioner is the parent, legal guardian, or custodian, a vulnerable adult where the petitioner is an interested party, or any other adult for whom the petitioner demonstrates to the Court's satisfaction that the petitioner is interested in the adult's well-being, the Court's intervention is necessary, and the adult cannot file the petition because of age, disability, health, or inaccessibility. 
IMPORTANT: Anti-Harassment petitions can be filed in District Court or Superior Court based on the situation. Use this flow chart below to determine if you should file in Superior Court or District Court

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  • Sexual Assault: The petitioner may petition for a sexual assault protection order on behalf of themselves, a minor child where the petitioner is the parent, legal guardian, or custodian, a vulnerable adult where the petitioner is an interested party, or any other adult for whom the petitioner demonstrates to the Court's satisfaction that the petitioner is interested in the adult's well-being, the Court's intervention is necessary, and the adult cannot file the petition because of age, disability, health, or inaccessibility. 

  • Vulnerable Adult: The vulnerable adult, or an interested person filing on their behalf, may file a petition if the vulnerable adult has been abandoned, abused, financially exploited, or neglected, or has been threatened with abandonment, abuse, financial exploitation, or neglect by the respondent.

  • Stalking: A petition for a stalking protection order must allege the existence of stalking committed against the petitioner by the respondent. The petitioner may petition for a stalking protection order on behalf of themselves, a minor child where the petitioner is the parent, legal guardian, or custodian, a vulnerable adult where the petitioner is an interested party, or any other adult for whom the petitioner demonstrates to the Court's satisfaction that the petitioner is interested in the adult's well-being, the Court's intervention is necessary, and the adult cannot file the petition because of age, disability, health, or inaccessibility.  

Forms

(Cannot be filed double sided)

File a Civil Protection Order: 

File an Extreme Risk Protection Order:

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.)

  • Civil Protection Order Response (under construction)
  • Response Packet Under 18 (under construction)

Renew a Protection Order:

  • Petition to Renew Packet (under construction)

Request for Remote Appearance