Create and File for Extreme Risk Protection Order

LegalAtoms is a website that allows you to prepare all the documents required to file for a Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) free of charge.

LegalAtoms currently assists with the initial filing for various counties in Washington state.

You will be led through a questionnaire in plain non-legal language, with helpful explanations from lawyers and court officials. Once you have completed the questionnaire you can submit your documents via email or download your documents for filing with any other Washington court that has jurisdiction to sign the Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO).

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  • See if you're eligible!

Process Overview

This website presents a list of questions, and then at the end generates the paperwork for ERPO.

HOW THIS WEBSITE WORKS

This website provides a guided experience to people who are working themselves on preparing the court forms for a Domestic Violence Restraining Order.

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1. View Process, Laws Free

Answer a few questions online, anonymously to diagnose the key issues. View explanations from court staff next to the individual questions.

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2. Create ERPO Packet Free

Step through each topic, evaluate decisions, while viewing lawyer-provided articles and video clips on Washington laws. Then download your official WA ERPP court forms (PDF, WORD).

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3. Consult Advocates Free & Optional

Consult court staff members by making live appointment usually for the next day.

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4. E-File Free

Download and file at the court. Example: King County Superior Court in Seattle.

FAQs

Resources

Washington Courts

Official website of the Washington Courts which provides court forms and instructions.

Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs

WCSAP unites agencies engaged in eliminating sexual violence and provides information and training to members

Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence

WSCADV is a resource for programs that assist domestic violence survivors and their families

Victim Information and Notification Everyday

The VINE system is a free service that allows petitioners to register for notification when a protective order of any type that has been served or is about to expire.

Do Protection Orders Help?

Here the outcome of a research on domestic violence from University of New Hampshire

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1. Reduce Violence

Civil protective orders (such as a Domestic Violence Protection Order, an Anti-harassment Protection Order, a Sexual Assault Protection Order) are effective in reducing violence and harassment. For example, for half the women in the sample studied, a protective order stopped the violence. For the other half, the orders significantly reduced violence and abuse.

Cost-Effective

2. Cost Effective

They are a relatively low-cost solution, particularly when compared with the social and personal costs of partner violence.

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3. Cities vs. Countryside

The impact of civil protective orders on reducing violence and abuse did not differ for rural (country side) and urban (cities) women. In rural areas, where resources and services for partner violence may be more limited, it is critical to reduce barriers to obtaining protective orders as research indicates they may be an effective resource. Community-level barriers to enforce civil protective orders exist for women in rural areas.

Court Forms Created

LegalAtoms guides you through all the topics required to complete your protection order documents and file your case.

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Core Forms

  • Case Information Cover Sheet
  • XR 101 Petition for an Extreme Risk Protection Order
  • XR 105 Law Enforcement Information
  • XR 121 Temporary Extreme Risk Protection Order-Without Notice
  • XR 141 Extreme Risk Protection Order
  • FL All Family 001 Confidential Information

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