Prepare your Court Forms for Civil Protection Orders Online

This website helps victims with creating paperwork online for civil protection orders at the Cowlitz County.

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HOW IT WORKS

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1. Take Screening

Start with an online screening tool to help you decide which civil protection order fits your situation the best.

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2. Prepare Documents

Answer a series of questionnaires designed to be user friendly. Then this website creates a copy of the court forms for you and populates it with your responses.

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3. Consult Advocate (Optional)

You can consult an advocate to get guidance on civil protection orders. An advocate can review your case documents, and talk to you directly to discuss your case and safety planning. 

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4. File with the Clerk

You can formally begin the case by e-filing with the court.  (You can also download the documents and file in person)

WHICH TYPE OF PROTECTION ORDER TO ASK FOR?

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Take Online Screening

Step through this screening tool which asks some general question without asking any personal information to suggest the most suitable protection order.

If you already know which specific protection order you need, you can skip to the next section.

TYPES OF CIVIL PROTECTION ORDERS (CPOs)

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Domestic Violence Protection Order

Domestic violence is abuse from a romantic partner, or a family or a household member. The abuse can involve physical or sexual violence, or a pattern of harassment or controlling behavior or merely threats to harm.  

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Sexual Assault Protection Order

This protection order applies to situations involving unwanted sexual conduct by someone who is not a romantic partner or a member of the victim's family or household. 

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Anti-harassment Protection Order

For protection against any kind of unlawful or harassing behavior that is annoying or stressful and that serves no lawful purpose.

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Vulnerable Adult Protection Order

Vulnerable adults means senior citizens or other persons who have physical or mental disabilities. This protection order is aimed at protection them from someone who is mistreating them or exploiting them financially.

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Stalking Protection Order

May be filed by someone who is experiencing stalking conduct by someone who is not a romantic partner or, a family or household member.

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Extreme Risk Protection Order

This is aimed at restricting access to firearms from someone who poses significant danger to self or others. This protection order must be requested by a family or household member or a law enforcement agency. 

RESOURCES

Our mission is to end sexual and domestic violence and to provide education, safety and support to our community

For a state-wide court directory, court order forms and instructions, resources, and more.

Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs

  • (360) 754-7583

An online guide to free civil legal services for low-income persons and seniors in Washington.

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Free services for low-income persons with a civil legal matter that is filed in Cowlitz or Wahkiakum counties.

Automated notifications service for petitioners to get select updates e.g. an order is served or about to expire

  • 1 (877) 242-4055

Our mission is to end sexual and domestic violence and to provide education, safety and support to our community

WA State Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

  • (206) 389-2515

CONVENIENCES

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Privacy

You can explore legal options for getting a protection order while maintaining your complete privacy.  Nothing is shared with the government unless you share or submit.

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Resources

Learn about free community and pro bono resources. Connect with them and share your case data with a few clicks.

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Comprehensive

Covers all common situations such as those involving minors, or firearms, or others permitted by the Washington State law, thereby saving you time. 

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Forms Selection

Correct form, and the most updated versions are automatically selected based on your situation. 

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Automated Checks

Run automated checks to verify correctness of your responses and to avoid mistakes that may cause delays in securing a protection order.

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Simplified

All questions are presented in plain non-legal language. Difficult concepts are broken down into simpler steps. 

Message from our team

“We have dedicated this page to help victims, and their loved ones who are assisting them, to secure their civil protection orders online from anywhere and from any device.”

Protection Order Advocates, at the Office of the Cowlitz County Prosecuting Attorney

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Legal Information

The legal information contained here does not constitute legal advice or substitute for legal advice.

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Superior Court

This website provides services to prepare cases at the Cowlitz County Superior Court and not for District or Municipal Courts. Certain Antiharassment, and Stalking Protection cases must be filed at the District Court. 

CONTACT TECHNICAL SUPPORT

This contact form is for technical support questions only. For non-technical questions please contact the victim advocates at the telephone numbers listed at the bottom of this page.  

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