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Protection Order petitions are filed with:
The Clerk of Superior Court
930 Tacoma Ave. South, Room 110
Tacoma, WA 98402
Forms for these petitions can be found on the Washington State Courts website.
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Types of Protection Orders
Domestic Violence Protection Order (DVPO) -must establish a relationship
Filing Fee: None
RCW 26.50: Domestic Violence means (a) physical harm, bodily injury, assault or the infliction of fear of imminent physical harm, bodily injury or assault between family or household members; (b) sexual assault of one family or household member by another; or (c) stalking as defined in RCW 9A.46.110.
Relationship: Family or Household Member
- Current or former spouses or domestic partners
- People with a child(ren) in common
- Adults related by blood or marriage
- Adults who presently reside together or who previously resided together
- People age 16 or older who live or lived together and/or who have had a dating relationship
- People who have a biological or legal step-parent or step-child relationship. This includes stepparents and stepchildren and grandparents and grandchildren
Domestic Violence Protection Order petitions can be filed with the Clerk of Superior Court (930 Tacoma Ave. South, Room 110, Tacoma, WA 98402) or at a Domestic Violence kiosk. You may call the Clerk's Office Domestic Violence department at 253-798-8827 for kiosk locations.
Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO)
Filing Fee: None
RCW 7.94: An Extreme Risk Protection Order can be filed by a law enforcement agency, a law enforcement officer or a person who is a family or household member of the respondent. The order is filed against a person who poses a significant danger of causing personal injury to self or others in the near future by having firearms. Factors that demonstrate such a risk can include threatening or violent behavior, threats, or self-harm, and abuse of drugs or alcohol. The order directs a person to surrender their firearms. It would be illegal to access, receive, purchase, possess or have control of firearms. It also restrains the person from obtaining a concealed pistol license and orders surrender of the license if they already have one.