You can ask for different kinds of protection orders based on the type of harm and how the parties know each other. The judge may give you a different type of protection order if you do not qualify for your first choice.
This form covers 5 types of protection orders:
1. Domestic Violence
For protection from a current or former intimate partner, family member, or roommate who does any of these:
- Harms you physically, including sexual assault
- Causes you to fear immediate physical harm or assault
- Stalks you, including online (cyberstalking)
- Engages in behavior that causes you physical, emotional, or psychological harm, and unreasonably interferes with your free will and personal liberty (coercive control)
These are a few examples of "coercive control":
- Driving recklessly with you and/or the children in the vehicle to scare and force you to do what the person wants you to do over your own wishes
- Threatening to kill themselves if you don’t stay in the relationship with them
- Telling your friends and family that they are going to destroy your career or report you to immigration because you are ending the relationship
- Threatening to blackmail you
You can read the law to see more examples at RCW 7.105.010(37).
For protection against someone whose behavior seriously alarms, annoys, or harasses you, with no legitimate purpose. RCW 7.105.010(35).
3. Sexual Assault
For protection against someone who has raped you or engaged in any sexual conduct or penetration that you did not freely agree to (nonconsensual). Read the law at RCW 7.105.100(b) to learn more.
For protection against someone who is committing criminal stalking or any repeated contacts or attempts to contact you, monitor you, track your whereabouts, keep you under observation, or follow you, if the behavior intimidates, scares or threatens you. RCW 7.105.010(34)
Criminal stalking is when all these are true:
- Someone intentionally harasses or follows you.
- You have a reasonable fear that they want to hurt someone (it does not have to be you), or someone’s property (it does not have to be yours).
- The stalker knows or should know that they are frightening, intimidating, or harassing you.
If this describes your situation, call the police.
5. Vulnerable Adult
Read Protecting elders and vulnerable adults from abuse and neglect to learn more. That fact sheet also talks about other options for vulnerable adults besides protection orders.