How much does it cost? Do I need a lawyer?
Nothing. There is no filing fee for a domestic violence order for protection.
You do not need a lawyer to file for an order for protection. However, you may wish to have a lawyer, especially if the abuser has a lawyer. If you can, contact a lawyer to make sure that your legal rights are protected. If you cannot afford a lawyer but want one to help you with your case, you can find information on legal assistance on the WA Finding a Lawyer page. Domestic violence organizations in your area may also be able to help you through the legal process and may have lawyer referrals.1
1 R.C.W. § 20.50.040
If you are going to be in court without a lawyer, our Preparing for Court – By Yourself section may be useful to you.