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Restraining Orders

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Updated: 
December 3, 2020

What protections can I get in a stalking protection order?

In a stalking protection order, the judge can order the abuser to:

  • not have any contact with you directly, indirectly or through another person (a “third party”); (Note: It does not matter if the other person (third party) who contacts you knows about the order or not.)
  • not enter the home, work, school, or daycare of you or your child;
  • stay a certain distance away from a specific location;
  • not keep you or your children under surveillance (including electronic surveillance);
  • pay all court costs, service fees, and reimburse you for any costs you paid to bring the protection order case including reasonable attorney’s fees; and
  • not do any other actions that are necessary or appropriate to keep you safe (including ordering a mental health or drug evaluation of the stalker).1

If you and the person stalking you attend the same public or private elementary, middle, or high school, the judge must consider the following additional factors:

  • how serious the stalker’s behavior is;
  • any continuing physical danger or emotional distress to you; and
  • the expense, difficulty and educational disruption that would be caused by transferring the stalker to another school since the judge can order that the stalker not attend your school. If this happens, the stalker’s parent(s) or guardian(s) are responsible for his/her transportation and other costs of changing schools.2

1 R.C.W. § 7.92.100(2)
2 R.C.W. § 7.92.100(4)