Domestic Violence Protection Order (DVPO) in Washington

Overview A domestic violence protective order is a legal shield for those facing abuse from spouses, partners, cohabitating individuals, family members, and intimate or dating relationships, regardless of living arrangements.  It keeps the abuser to stay away and refrain from contact, aiming to ensure the victim’s safety. These orders have a fixed duration but can…

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Risk of No Contact Order Expiry in Washington State

Situation A criminal no contact order can expire any time in the Washington State which can leave the protected party left with no legal protection from the abuser.   Examples Situation 1 On the evening of July 10, 2024, my stepson Alex, violated a legal order to stay away from me. This order stemmed from…

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What is Coercive Control in Domestic Violence

Recently updated on December 17th, 2023 at 10:29 pm“Coercive control is a form of domestic violence” often overlooked and misunderstood. This pattern of behavior involves using manipulation, intimidation, and control to dominate a domestic partner or family member. While it may not always involve physical violence, coercive control can be just as damaging to a…

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Listing the court cases

Recently updated on December 5th, 2023 at 11:08 pm Court needs to have a full picture so its important to provide all the prior cases. Even if the specific case number is not known, its important to provide the type of case e.g. domestic violence, divorce, criminal parenting plan, or any other protective orders.

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How are the firearms taken away from the respondent?

Recently updated on December 5th, 2023 at 11:10 pm If the court has ordered the respondent to surrender firearms based on an Order to Surrender and Prohibit Weapons (Issued without Notice), the police may or may not confiscate the firearms upon service of the temporary order.  It is critically important for you to be aware that this…

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