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Restraining Orders

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Updated: 
December 3, 2020

In which county can I file for a domestic violence order for protection?

You can file a petition in the county or municipality where you live. If you’ve moved to avoid further abuse, you can file the petition in the county or municipality where you lived previously, or in the county or municipality where you’re currently staying.1 However, if you are trying to keep your address confidential, filing in the county where you have fled to would likely not be a good idea since it would alert the abuser to the fact that you are living in that county.

1 R.C.W. § 26.50.020(6)