Legal Information: Washington

Restraining Orders

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Updated: 
August 10, 2017

Can I get my domestic violence order for protection from Washington enforced in another state?

Yes. If you have a valid Washington domestic violence order for protection that meets federal standards, it can be enforced in another state.  The Violence Against Women Act, which is a federal law, states that all valid domestic violence orders for protection granted in the United States receive "full faith and credit" in all state and tribal courts within the U.S., including U.S. territories.  See How do I know if my domestic violence order for protection is good under federal law? to find out if your domestic violence order for protection qualifies.


Each state must enforce out-of-state domestic violence orders for protection in the same way it enforces its own orders, which means that if the abuser violates your out-of-state domestic violence order for protection, s/he will be punished according to the laws of whatever state you are in when the order is violated.  This is what is meant by "full faith and credit."