A Domestic Violence Protection Order is something a survivor can ask the court for, whether or not there’s ever been police involvement. Protection Orders are very effective for many people. But they are not a good option for everyone. Some abusers react to a Protection Order with escalated violence.
If you are considering a Protection Order, contact your local domestic violence advocacy program for help thinking through how the abuser might react and to develop an ongoing plan for safety.
- Domestic Violence: Can the Legal System Help Protect Me? – Learn about the protective order options available to victims in Washington State.
- ProtectionOrder.org – The Protection Order Advocacy Program is in King County, but this website contains helpful information about Protection Orders that people in any county can benefit from.
- Comparison of Court Orders for Washington State – A concise overview of civil and criminal protective orders in Washington State.
- Washington VINE Protective Order System – Register here to be notified when your Protection Order has been served.
For additional information, consider taking our online training course Protective Orders in Washington State.