Victims of Domestic Violence

Please Note: Domestic Violence protection orders must be filed in Superior Court (not District Court). If you are a victim of domestic violence or fear violence by a "family or household member," you may petition the Superior Court for an order for protection from domestic abuse. Domestic Violence includes crimes committed by one family or household member against another.

Definitions of Harassment

Unless the context clearly requires otherwise, the definitions in this section apply throughout.

  • Unlawful harassment - A knowing and willful course of conduct directed at a specific person which seriously alarms, annoys, harasses, or is detrimental to such person, and which serves no legitimate or lawful purpose. The course of conduct shall be such as would cause a reasonable person to suffer substantial emotional distress, and shall actually cause substantial emotional distress to the petitioner, or, when the course of conduct is contact by a person over age eighteen that would cause a reasonable parent to fear for the well-being of their child.
  • Course of conduct - A pattern of conduct composed of a series of acts over a period of time, however short, evidencing a continuity of purpose. Course of conduct includes, in addition to any other form of communication, contact, or conduct, the sending of an electronic communication. Constitutionally protected activity is not included within the meaning of course of conduct.

Source: Washington State Legislature Revised Code of Washington Chapter 10.14.020.

For More Information

If you have any questions about anti-harassment, please refer to the Washington Courts website.