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December 3, 2020

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;
  • assault;
  • sexual assault;
  • stalking; or
  • making you fear immediate physical harm, bodily injury, or assault.1

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.

1 R.C.W. § 26.50.010(1)