How the Petitioner or Protected Party is Populated.

This article helps explain how a petitioner or the protected party is populated. This should help explain who is the petitioner vs the victim.

Situations

There are some specific situations that seem to be permitted based on the wording of the petition for individual protection order types.  However, we were not sure how Snohomish County prefers the two sections I mentioned above to be populated i.e. who is the petitioner, and who is the protected party.  

In certain cases the solution is not obvious because the protected party section has  space for one person only.

Some Situations  are…  

  1. A parent or guardian Harrison Ford (non-victim) is filing for children victims Jane, Kate, Lauryn.  On DV/AH the adult petitioning is always listed as the protected party on the LEI.  The petition will request desired protection and the order will indicate if the parent and/or children are protected.
  2. Non-parent (and non-guardian) Harrison Ford is filing for children victims who live with the non-parent, and the respondent is not a parent. Same as above.
  3. A law enforcement agency filing against a person, John Smith.  ERPO LEI is specific to this case type, there is not section titled Protected on this LEI, it is titled, Petitioner.
  4. DSHS petitions on behalf of the Vulnerable Adult, Anthony Hopkins.  VA would be listed as a Protected party, DSHS/Interested party would be indicated in the section “If you filed for someone else…” directly below the Protected party section.

For Reference.. Directory of Situations

The case types are color-coded to help you find the case type quickly. Anti-Harassment is in Red, Domestic Violence is in Purple, Extreme Risk is in Green, Sexual Assault is in Pink, Stalking is in Orange, and Vulnerable Adult is in Blue.

Situation and victimApplies to Case TypePetitionerLEIS (Law Enforcement Information Sheet) Protected Party
Victim Jane Doe is an adult 16 or 16+ is filing for self onlyAntiHarassment, Domestic Violence, Sexual-Assault, Stalking, Vulnerable-AdultJane DoeJane Doe
Victim Jane Doe is 16/16+ who is filing for self, and optionally more victims: i) own children or for whom the adult is guardian, ii) adult children, iii) adult household membersDomestic ViolenceJane DoeJane Doe
Victim Jane is 16-18 and is filing against someone she dated (or is dating) Domestic ViolenceJane DoeJane Doe
Next Friend: An adult Harrison Ford (non-parent) is filing for a child victim Jane Doe who is 13-15. The respondent is not Jane’s parent or guardianDomestic ViolenceHarrison FordHarrison Ford – the Minors will be listed in minor section. Law Enforcement inputs protected parties based on the order.   
A parent or guardian Harrison Ford (non-victim) is filing for children victims Jane, Kate, Lauryn  Anti-Harassment, Domestic Violence, Sexual-AssaultHarrison FordHarrison Ford – the Minors will be listed in minor section. Law Enforcement inputs protected parties based on the order.   
Non-parent (and non-guardian) Harrison Ford is filing for children victims who live with the non-parent, and the respondent is not a parent.Anti-HarassmentHarrison FordHarrison Ford Law Enforcement inputs protected parties based on the order.   
An adult (non-victim) Harrison Ford is filing for a Vulnerable Adult Anthony Hopkins If the protected party is a vulnerable adult, they would file a vulnerable adult not an AH or SA.Anti-Harassment, Sexual-AssaultHarrison FordAnthony Hopkins   
A law enforcement agency filing against a person, John SmithExtreme-RiskThe ERPO LEI indicates Petitioner not ProtectedNo protected party on LEI
An adult guardian or legal fiduciary Harrison Ford is filing for a victim who is a vulnerable adult, Anthony HopkinsVulnerable-Adult    Harrison Ford would be listed Under “If you filed for someone Else…” section just below the Protected Party sectionAnthony Hopkins
An interested party Harrison Ford is filing for victim who is a vulnerable adult Anthony HopkinsVulnerable-AdultHarrison Ford would be listed Under “If you filed for someone Else…” section just below the Protected Party sectionAnthony Hopkins
DSHS petitions on behalf of the vulnerable adult, Anthony HopkinsVulnerable-AdultDSHS would be listed Under “If you filed for someone Else…” section just below the Protected Party sectionAnthony Hopkins
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