What is the legal definition of domestic violence in Washington?
This section defines domestic violence for the purposes of getting a domestic violence order for protection.
Domestic violence is when one or more of the following things occur between family or household members:
- physical harm;
- bodily injury;
- sexual assault;
- stalking (as defined in R.C.W. § 9A.46.110); or
- making you fear immediate physical harm, bodily injury or assault.*
This definition includes many types of abusive behaviors, such as pushing, hitting, slapping, biting, choking, and other conduct that causes you harm or puts you in fear of being hurt.
* R.C.W. § 26.50.010(1)