File a Restraining Order Online: Washington Antiharassment Protection Order

Create Forms and File for Antiharassment Protection (Restraining) Order Online (AHPO)

This website is helps you create official Washington forms and file for a restraining order online, legally called Civil Protection Orders.

This page is for Antiharassment Protection (Restraining) Order which is a type of restraining order when the abuser could be a neighbor, a co-worker, or a total stranger.

For a current or former husband, wife, legal domestic partner, boyfriend, girlfriend or dating partner; or a close relative; please see Domestic Violence Protection (Restraining) Order

The website leads you through friendly online questionnaires, with helpful tips directly from courts. Once you complete the questionnaires, you can download the latest official version (last updated May 2024) of court documents (PDF) or electronically file (E-file) these with your local Superior or District Court.  

You can also just explore your options as your privacy is kept and your case is visible to you only until you file restraining order with the court. 


  • See if you're eligible!

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Process Overview

This website presents a list of questions, and then at the end generates the paperwork for the Antiharassment Protection (Restraining) Order (AHPO)


This website provides a guided experience to people who are working themselves on preparing the court forms for a Antiharassment Protection Order (AHPO).

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1. Take Screening

Select the specific protection order you want to file for. Then answer a few questions to determine your eligibility.

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2. Prepare Documents for Restraining Order

Prepare the main set of your court documents by covering one topic at a time presented in simple language, and from any device. Then digitally sign without the need to print or re-scan the documents.

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3. Consult Advocate (Optional)

Depending on your situation, we can suggest any trusted free victim advocacy non profits. The advocate can assist you with certain aspects of the case and safety planning. They can review your case documents, and talk to you directly to discuss your case.

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4 File for Restraining Order Online

This website simplifies the filing with your local court across Washington state to a couple of clicks, and get follow up messages notifications from the court. You also have the option to download and print the PDF files and file in person with the court. 


This website provides a guided experience to people who are working themselves on preparing the court forms for a Antiharassment Protection (Restraining) Order.

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1. Victim 15+ years

Anyone 15 years or older, and without a parent's permission can create the paperwork and file to start a case.  


2. On behalf of a minor (under 18)

A minor's parent, legal guardian or custodian can file the petition on behalf of that minor.  The parent, legal guardian or custodian must be 15 years or older.


3. On behalf of a senior or disabled person

An adult can file on behalf of a vulnerable adult


Here are the typical restrictions places on the abuser via the restraining order. 


Stay Away From You

Abuser would have to stay at least 100 yards away from you, your children and locations you request such as your work


Hand over a car

Get access to cars held by the abuser


Don't post intimate images

Take down, delete, and do not distribute intimate images of a protected person, as defined in RCW 9A.86.010


Not to contact you

Not to contact you via phone or text or mutual friends


Vacate the shared residence

The respondent can be asked to vacate the shared residence. You can also request help from police to kick them out. 


Restrict Abusive Litigation

This is to prevent the misuse of the legal system to harass, intimidate, or burden you.


Not stalk you

Not stalk you or your loved ones, including your accounts on facebook or other social media


Handover Passport, Cell phone, Medications etc.

You an ask for your personal items such as passport, medications, clothes. This would be applicable if you were living together up to now.


Get Drugs, Mental health and Sex Offender Treatment

You can request the abuser to seek treatment for alcoholism, or drug use

Filed at Superior and District Courts in Washington

Your case documents are filed at a Superior or District Court in your county. Here are examples of some. 


How do restraining orders work?

After a court issues you a restraining order, and the abuser is informed about it, then if the abuser violates it you can call 9-1-1 and the law enforcement will arrest /or charge the abuser.

How long does it take to get a restraining order?

You can get a temporary restraining order the same day as you file in case of an emergency as long as you apply on a business day and typically by noon.  Regular (non emergency) orders may be issued in a few days. While some cases may be decided only at a hearing in a few weeks. 

How much does it cost?

The forms are free. The filing fee is $53

The filing fee is automatically waived if the case involves 

  • Stalking
  • Hate crime
  • Single act/threat of violence including malicious and intentional threat or presence of firearm/weapon causing substantial emotional distress
  • Family or household member engaged in domestic violence
  • Nonconsensual sexual conduct or penetration or a sex offense

A petitioner can also request the filling fees to be waived if one i.e. the petitioner can request a fee waiver due to inability to afford to pay the fees by any of the following:  

  • They got certain public benefits (TANF, HEN, SSI, Food Stamps, or federal poverty-related veteran's benefits)
  • Their income is under 125% of the federal poverty guidelines
  • They have large regular basic living expenses keep you from paying the filing fee and other required charges. "Basic living expenses" means the average monthly amount you spend for living costs such as shelter, food, utilities, health care, transportation, clothing, loan payments, support payments, and court-imposed obligations.
  • They have other compelling circumstances exist that demonstrate an applicant’s inability to pay
    fees and/or surcharges


The sources of these information are

  • RCW 7.105.105(9)(b) which states: No filing fee may be charged to a petitioner seeking an antiharassment protection order against a person who has engaged in acts of stalking as defined in RCW 9A.46.110, a hate crime under RCW 9A.36.080(1)(c), or a single act of violence or threat of violence under RCW 7.105.010(36)(b), or from a person who has engaged in nonconsensual sexual conduct or penetration or conduct that would constitute a sex offense as defined in RCW 9A.44.128, or from a person who is a family or household member or intimate partner who has engaged in conduct that would constitute domestic violence; and (ii) The court shall waive the filing fee if the court determines the petitioner is not able to pay the costs of filing.
  • Washington Courts General Rule 34 (GR34)
How long do restraining orders last in Washington?

All restraining orders including a Anti-harassment Protection (restraining) Order (AHPO) is typically issued for one year.

Can a restraining order get the abuser fired from their job?

Yes it is possible but it depends on the order type and job. 

What's the immediate benefit to the victim?

As a legal warning, restraining orders forces the abuser to stay away from the victim and comply with other conditions or else they will be charged with a crime and face prison time. Furthermore by taking guns away from the abuser it can reduce the risk of fatality for the victim. 

Do I need a lawyer to get an Antiharassment Protection (restraining) Order (AHPO) ?

No, a lawyer is not required. However, having a lawyer in any legal situation can benefit you.

How many people file for restraining orders in Washington ?

In Washington, about 35000 Civil Protection Orders (source 1 and 2)  were filed in 2023 or about 100 daily.

When should I get a restraining order vs. file a criminal charge?

If criminal charges are filed, then a restraining order is typically also filed as it provides protection for a set time frame just in case the criminal charges are dropped.   Restraining orders are also important when no crime as been committed e.g. coercive control and therefore they are the only option in many situations. 

How can a restraining order affect my relationship?

A restraining order can have several effects particularly if you run into the same person but overall it can be a positive thing that avoids bigger problems. 

Do Restraining Orders Help?

Here the outcome of a research on restraining orders from University of New Hampshire

Reduce Violence

1. Reduce Violence

Restraining Orders are effective in reducing violence and harassment. For half the subjects in the sample studied, a restraining order stopped the violence. For the other half, the orders significantly reduced violence and abuse. 

Cost Effective

2. Cost Effective

Restraining orders are relatively low cost for victims and for the government, particularly when compared with the social and personal costs of violence.


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 abuse or 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.


The abuser may react to your filing for a restraining order


The abuser particularly in proximity situations (e.g. co-worker, neighbor) may react with anger due to the perceived loss of control over you and your household. 

Damaging jointly owned property

The respondent make cause damage to shared fence e.g. neighbors, or any other shared item to cause harm to you.

Murder or Physical Harm

A particular risk is if the respondent has access to guns or other firearms they might actually kill you. Here's an example from 2023 in New Orleans, Louisiana   

Weaponize Immigration Status or Health Insurance

The abuser may report you or your loved ones undocumented US immigration status to the U.S authorities, or cancel health insurance.

Reporting you unnecessarily

Fearing restrictions the abuser may cause harm e.g. with neighbors report you to HOA or in case of workplaces, report you to HR. 

Spreading false information about you

The abuser may spread false information particularly on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or other social media. 

Court Forms (Templates) Created

When you pass the screening and complete the questionnaires, you can then download the following standard court forms filled correctly with your information. These court forms are provided by the the Judicial Council of California.


Core Forms

  • Request for Civil Harassment Restraining Order - CH-100
  • Temporary Restraining Order - CH-110
  • Description of Abuse - DV-101
  • Notice of Court Hearing - CH-109
  • Confidential CLETS Information - CLETS-001
  • Request to Continue Court Hearing (Temporary Restraining Order) - CH-115
  • Order on Request to Continue Hearing (Temporary Restraining Order) (CLETS-TCH) - CH-116

Depending on Situation

  • Receipt for Firearms and Firearm Parts - CH-800
  • Civil Harassment Restraining Order After Hearing - CH-130
  • Response to Request for Civil Harassment Restraining Orders - CH-120


In Washington there are six types of civil protection orders, with Antiharassment Protection (Restraining) Order (AHPO) being one of them. 

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.

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.

Antiharassment Protection Order

For harassment, stalking, abuse, or threats by neighbor, co-worker, roommate, distant relative or a total stranger and not a current or former romantic partner or a close family or household member.

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.

Sexual Assault 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.

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.