DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PROTECTION ORDERS UNDER WASHINGTON LAW
A Domestic Violence Protection Order (DVPO) is sought by a victim of domestic violence. More specifically, Washington law says that a DVPO can be obtained by a person experiencing physical harm, bodily injury, assault, stalking, or sexual assault by a family or household member. A person may also file for this protection order if he/she fears imminent physical harm or bodily injury by a family or household member.
Under Washington law, family or household members include:
- Spouses/former spouses
- Persons who have children in common
- Persons who are dating or previously dated
- Adult persons related by blood or marriage
- Adult persons residing together or who have resided together in the past
- Persons 16 years of age or older residing together and who have had a dating relationship
- Persons 13 years of age or older and who have had a dating relationship with someone 16 years of age or older
- Persons who have a biological or legal parent child relationship, including step-parents and grandparents.
If successfully obtained, a domestic violence protection order prohibits the restrained party from having any contact at all with the protected party. A DVPO can be in place on a temporary basis, for a year or more, or on a permanent basis. Persons restrained by DVPOs will likely face firearm prohibitions.