Domestic Violence / Civil Protection Orders

CIVIL PROTECTION ORDERS

Washington State Courts - Court Forms - RCW 7.105 Protection Order Forms (Effective July 1, 2022)

Note: Additional documents may be required by local county superior court rules. Important: To obtain legal advice you should hire a lawyer (for "full service" representation or for "limited" representation) or, if you cannot afford one, contact a low cost or free legal service program. Open the link for legal help options. http://co.franklin.wa.us/clerk/links.php

Information about Different Types of Civil Protection Orders

Domestic Violence Protection Order

A petition for a domestic violence protection order must allege the existence of domestic violence committed against the petitioner(s) by an intimate partner or a family household member.

The petitioner (must be age 15 or older) may request relief on behalf of:

- Himself or herself
- Family or household members who are minors or vulnerable adults

The petition must specify that the petitioner and respondent are intimate partners or family or household members

A petitioner who has been sexually assaulted or stalked by an intimate partner or a family or household member should, but is not required to, seek a domestic violence protection order, rather than a sexual assault protection order or a stalking protection order.

Sexual Assault Protection Order

A petition for a sexual assault protection order must allege the existence of nonconsensual sexual conduct or nonconsensual sexual penetration that was committed against the petitioner by the respondent.

A single incident is sufficient grounds.

The petitioner (must be age 15 or older) may request relief on behalf of:

- Himself or herself
- A minor child, where the petitioner is the parent, legal guardian, or custodian

A vulnerable adult where the petitioner demonstrates as an interested person in the adult's wellbeing and the adult cannot file the petition because of age, disability, health, or inaccessibility

Stalking Protection Order

A petition for a stalking protection order must allege the existence of stalking committed against the petitioner(s) by the respondent.

The petitioner (must be age 15 or older) may request relief on behalf of:

- Himself or herself
- A minor child, where the petitioner is the parent, legal guardian, or custodian
- A vulnerable adult where the petitioner demonstrates as an interested person in the adult's wellbeing and the adult cannot file the petition because of age, disability, health, or inaccessibility

Vulnerable Adult Protection Order

A petition for a vulnerable adult protection order must allege the person is a vulnerable adult and has been abandoned, abused, financially exploited, neglected, or is threatened with abandonment, abuse, financial exploitation, or neglect by the respondent.

If the petition is brought by an interested person, the affidavit or declaration must also include a statement of why the petitioner qualifies as an interested person (see Petition for Protection Order).

Extreme Risk Protection Order

A petition for an extreme risk protection order must allege that the respondent poses a significant danger of causing personal injury to self or others by having in the respondent's custody or control, purchasing, possessing, accessing, receiving, or attempting to purchase or receive, a firearm.

The petition must also identify the number, types, and locations of any firearms the petitioner believes to be in the respondent's current ownership, possession, custody, access, or control.

A petition for an extreme risk protection order may be filed by:

- An intimate partner or a family or household member of the respondent; or
- A law enforcement agency.

Antiharassment Protection Order

A petition for an antiharassment protection order must allege the existence of unlawful harassment committed against the petitioner by the respondent.

The petitioner (must be age 15 or older) may request relief on behalf of:

- Himself or herself
- A minor child, where the petitioner is the parent, legal guardian, or custodian
- A vulnerable adult, where the petitioner is an interested person
- Any other adult for whom the petitioner demonstrates interest in the adult's well-being, and the adult cannot file the petition because of age, disability, health, or inaccessibility.

Forms & Instructions

Forms and instructions are provided in person at the Franklin County Clerk's office and on the Washington State Courts website: https://www.courts.wa.gov


Cost

Domestic Violence: No cost to the petitioner

Anti-Harassment: $53 in Superior Court (Fees may be waived), additional costs can include copy and service fees


How to file in the County Clerk's Office for Superior Court

File in person at the Franklin County Clerk's Office Monday through Friday (except Federal and Legal Holidays) between the hours of 8:00 AM to noon and 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM. On occasion we may not have a Judicial Officer in the courthouse, but we always have one from 1:00 – 1:30 PM daily during Exparte.  All protection orders must be screened at the Clerk’s office prior to presentment to a Judicial Officer. 


Franklin County Courthouse
1016 N 4TH AVE B306
PASCO, WA 99301