Get a Domestic Violence Protection Order
Authored By: Northwest Justice Project
- Read this in:
- Spanish / Español
A Washington Forms Online interview. Self-help court forms and instructions on LawHelp Interactive to file for a domestic violence protection order. Bilingual interview in Spanish and English.
How does it work? +
This free program asks questions and uses your answers to complete your forms. When you finish the interview, you can save, edit, email, download or print your completed forms. You will get instructions to help with your next steps.
You can answer questions and get instructions in English or Spanish. Your completed forms will be in English for the court.
Watch our How-To Video to see how it works.
What forms will I get? +
- Petition for Order for Protection (DV 1.015)
- Temporary Order for Protection and Notice of Hearing (DV 2.015)
- Order for Protection (DV 3.015)
- Law Enforcement Information Sheet (All Cases 01.0400)
And a Child Custody Information Sheet (DV 1.030), Confidential Information (All Family 001), Firearms ID Sheet and Orders to Surrender Weapons (All Cases 02-030 and 02-050), if needed.
Can I get forms in Spanish? +
Your court forms will be in English, but you can do most of this interview in English or Spanish. In some places, you need to tell your story in your own words. Unfortunately, you must answer those questions in English. If you have to, answer in Spanish for now and ask for help with translation later.
You can choose bilingual (Spanish/English) or English-only instructions.
Can I get a protection order? +
You can get a domestic violence protection order if you and/or a child in your household have been assaulted, threatened, or stalked by:
- a relative
- someone you live with
- a spouse or ex-spouse
- someone you are (or were) dating
You can also get a domestic violence protection order on behalf of a teenager (age 13 - 18) who has been the victim of dating violence.
If you were hurt by someone that you are not related to or in a relationship with, you may need a different type of protection order:
Protection orders are very effective for many people. But they are not a good option for everyone. For help deciding, read Should You File for a Domestic Violence Protection Order (DVPO).
Before You Start
Talk with a domestic violence advocate +
We strongly recommend you talk with a domestic violence advocate if you are being hurt, threatened or stalked. Advocates can help with safety concerns and with the protection order process. You can ask an advocate to review the forms you make with this interview.
Firearms and domestic violence are a dangerous combination. If the abuser has access to firearms or has threatened suicide, please talk to an advocate about making a safety plan.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline is 1-800-799-SAFE. Find local programs in Washington state at WSCADV.org.
What do I need before I start? +
Filing for a protection order starts a court process that requires you to be at court for hearings and get ready for hearings by submitting evidence (proof). You may be able to go to your court hearing online or by phone.
You will need to tell your story so the judge understands why you need protection. Gather documents that help prove what happened. You can file them with your petition. You can use police reports, text messages, emails, pictures, medical records, and so on.
Your abuser will get a copy of everything you show the judge. Your paperwork is also generally available to the public for anyone to see. You can black out (redact) sensitive information like your home address. You can file financial, medical and mental health records under a sealed cover sheet so the public cannot see them. The abuser must still get a copy.
What does my computer need? +
This interview works best on a desktop computer, laptop, or large tablet. If you only have a mobile device, go to a library or other location with a desktop computer and printer. You must print your forms to file in court.
Your documents will download as .RTF files (rich text format). You can open them in Microsoft Word, Google Docs, Pages, Word Pad, and other word processors. You can email your forms directly from LawHelp Interactive to yourself or someone who can print them for you.
It could take up to 45 minutes to get through the interview. If you do not have enough time to finish, save your answers by creating a free account with LawHelp Interactive. You can create an account before you start or after you finish the interview.