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December 3, 2020

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