Legal Information: Washington

Know the Laws

Most of the laws relevant to domestic violence and sexual assault are based on state law.

Information about domestic violence orders for protection, sexual assault protection orders and civil anti-harassment orders.

State-specific information about custody in Washington.

This page includes information that is specific to this state, about parental kidnapping, also called custodial interference. There is also a page for general information that you may find helpful.  Custody and kidnapping are particularly complicated and it is important to try to find an experienced lawyer to help you with your case.

WomensLaw.org currently does not have information regarding divorce in Washington.  We hope the following links to outside sources may be helpful.

Northwest Justice Project has a lot of information concerning divorce, including:

Legal information about housing to help victims of domestic violence in Washington.

Information about crimes the abuser may have committed in Washington and victim assistance programs.

If you are a victim of domestic violence, it may be illegal for the abuser to buy or have a gun.

You may have a right to sue an abuser for medical costs, lost wages, and to recover your property.