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Updated: 
December 3, 2020

What are the steps involved with obtaining a sexual assault protection order?

The steps for getting a sexual assault protection order are similar to the steps involved with obtaining a domestic violence order for protection.  See our What are the steps for getting a domestic violence order of protection? page for more information.  The forms will be slightly different, so be sure to ask the clerk for the paperwork to file for a sexual assault protection order.

A person may file on behalf of a minor child or vulnerable adult who has been the victim of nonconsensual conduct or penetration.  Victims who are 16 and over can file on their own (don’t need parent or guardian).1

1 R.C.W. §§ 7.90.030(b)(ii),(iii), 7.90.040(1)-(3)