Civil Protection Orders

Antiharassment, Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Vulnerable Adult

Washington State law allows for a person to file a civil case in court asking a judge to grant an order to protect them from another person whose behavior is abusive, threatening, exploitive or seriously alarming. The primary purpose of most is to order the "respondent" to not contact or harm the "petitioner."

There are different types of protection orders, intended for specific situations.State law establishes who can seek them, who they can protect, who they can restrain, the types of protections and relief they offer, when and where court hearings are conducted, what costs may be incurred, etc.

Petitioners choose which type of protection order is most appropriate for them to pursue. However, protection orders do not cover everyone's needs; there may be other legal remedies that are appropriate.

What type of Protection Order should I file (PDF)?
Where should I file an Antiharassment Protection Order (PDF)?

  1. Antiharassment
  2. Domestic Violence
  3. Sexual Assault
  4. Vulnerable Adult
  5. Other orders

Antiharassment Protection Order (RCW 10.14)

A petition can be filed by:

  • An adult who is a victim of unlawful harassment.
  • Parents, on behalf of their child:
    • Against an adult whose behavior is detrimental to the child.
    • Against a minor who is under investigation or has been adjudicated of an offense against the child.

"Unlawful Harassment" means:
A knowing and willful course of conduct which seriously alarms, annoys, harasses, or is detrimental to such person, and which serves no legitimate or lawful purpose.  The conduct shall be such as would cause a reasonable person to suffer substantial emotional distress, and shall actually cause substantial emotional distress to the petitioner, or, when the course of conduct would cause a reasonable parent to fear for the well-being of their child.  

"Course of conduct" means:
A pattern of conduct composed of a series of acts over a period of time, however short, evidencing a continuity of purpose.

Forms: (cannot be filed double sided)

New Protection Order: 

Declaration/Response: (use to file related documents such as police reports, medical records, text messages, witness statements, etc., or to respond to a protection order filed against you.)

Renew a Protection Order:

Modify/Terminate a Protection Order:

Submission of completed forms:
Bring completed forms to C-125 for review Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
3000 Rockefeller Avenue, Everett, WA 98201
1st Floor, Courthouse, Room C-125