When someone is in imminent danger of physical harm or any form of domestic violence, the court can enter a protection order to secure his or her safe keeping. Domestic Violence Protection Orders may prohibit a party from initiating contact with the threatened individual and affected minors. Additionally, the restrained person may be prohibited from coming within a specific distance of the protected individual(s).
Violent acts and even threats of violence necessitate an order of protection. Washington courts have demonstrated zero-tolerance for acts of domestic violence; therefore, access to domestic violence relief through the courts is broad, allowing victims to easily pursue the protection they need.