COVID-19 “stay home” orders have isolated people experiencing domestic violence and sexual assault, resulting in many having fewer options for safety and support. Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 20-45 improved access to Protection Orders, ensuring that survivors could apply for protection online and providing alternatives to in-person service of these orders.
This weekend, while the Majority Caucus leadership voted to extend the proclamation protecting survivors, the Minority leadership did not. As a result, the proclamation and its protections expired on Sunday.
Please take action today! Contact your legislators and ask them to put the safety measures included in Proclamation 20-45 back in place.