Who is included in family and household members

Domestic violence is committed by a family or household member as defined by the Washington state law.  Therefore the Domestic Violence Protection Order (DVPO) protects you from these members. It cannot be applied to total strangers.

The law goes on to list who is included in family and household members. These are:

  • spouses
  • domestic partners
  • former spouses
  • former domestic partners
  • persons who have a child in common regardless of whether they have been married or have lived together at any time
  • adult persons related by blood or marriage
  • adult persons who are presently residing together or who have resided together in the past
  • persons sixteen years of age or older who are presently residing together or who have resided together in the past and who have or have had a dating relationship
  • persons sixteen years of age or older with whom a person sixteen years of age or older has or has had a dating relationship
  • and persons who have a biological or legal parent-child relationship,
  • stepparents
  • stepchildren
  • grandparents
  • grandchildren

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