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December 3, 2020

I was not granted a domestic violence order for protection. What are my options?

If you are not granted a domestic violence order for protection, there are still some things you can do to try to stay safe. It might be a good idea to contact one of the domestic violence resource centers in your area to get help, support, and advice on how to stay safe. They may be able to help you develop a safety plan and help connect you with the resources you need. For safety planning help, ideas, and information, go to our Safety Tips page. You will find a list of resources in Washington on our WA Places that Help page.

If you were not granted a domestic violence order for protection because your relationship with the abuser or the type of abuse you experienced does not qualify under the law, you may be able to seek protection through one of these orders:

You may also be able to reapply for a domestic violence order for protection if a new incident of domestic abuse occurs after you are denied the order.

If you believe the judge made an error of law, you can talk to someone at a domestic violence organization or a lawyer about the possibility of an appeal. Generally, appeals are complicated, and you will most likely need the help of a lawyer. For basic information on appeals, go to our Filing Appeals page.