What are the steps involved with getting a civil anti-harassment order?
The steps for getting an anti-harassment order are similar to the steps involved with obtaining an order for protection. You can file for an anti-harassment order with the clerk at the district courthouse or in some towns, the municipal court. (Note: If the abuser is a minor, the case would be transferred to superior court.)1 The instructions may be similar to the order for protection petition, but you will fill out a different set of forms.
You may file in the district court in the judicial district of the county or in the municipality where:
- The unlawful harassment occurred; or
- Where the abuser resides at the time you file the petition.2
1 R.C.W. § 10.14.150
2 R.C.W. § 10.14.160