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…

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In Washington state,  an Immediate “Restraining Order” is a special kind of Restraining Order which means that not only is the courts help needed to prevent abuse from a family member, but also that it’s needed immediately to prevent imminent danger. Common confusion with Protection Orders Restraining orders are commonly mixed up with “Protection Orders”…

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