Domestic violence is a crime that is taken very seriously by the courts in Washington. Protection orders are available through all District Courts and Superior Courts in Washington, including all family courts. May counties have domestic violence advocates on staff at the courts, prosecutors’ offices, and often in sheriffs’ and local police departments to assist people in obtaining protection from domestic violence.
Many communities have independent programs to help survivors with legal needs, emotional support, safety planning, and emergency housing. If you are in a domestic violence situation, call your local domestic violence hotline or see the “Resources” section for contact information.
If you are in imminent danger, call 9-1-1!