Civil Protection Orders

Civil Protection Order petitions are filed with:
The Clerk of Superior Court
930 Tacoma Ave. South, Room 110
Tacoma, WA 98402


You may present your completed Petition for Protection and Law Enforcement form to the Clerk between 8:30 and 4:30 Monday through Friday. Petitions received before 2:30 pm will have the highest likelihood of being seen by a Commissioner the same day . You will need to appear before a Commissioner to obtain a Temporary Order.. 

Civil Protection Order Petition and Law Enforcement Form     

Types of protection orders

  1. Domestic Violence Protection Order
  2. Anti-Harassment Orders
  3. Vulnerable Adult Protection Order
  4. Sexual Assault Protection Order
  5. Extreme Risk Protection Order

Domestic Violence Protection Order

Filing Fee: None

RCW 7.105: Domestic Violence means (a) physical harm, bodily injury, assault or the infliction of fear of physical harm, bodily injury or assault; nonconsensual sexual penetration; coercive control; unlawful harassment; or stalking of one intimate partner by another intimate partner; or(b) Physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or the infliction of fear of physical harm, bodily injury, or assault; nonconsensual sexual conduct or nonconsensual sexual penetration; coercive control; unlawful harassment; or stalking of one family or household member by another family or household member. 

Relationship: Family or Household Member

  • Current or former spouses or domestic partners
  • People with a child(ren) in common
  • Adults related by blood or marriage
  • Adults who presently reside together or who previously resided together
  • People age 15 or older who live or lived together and/or who have had a dating relationship
  • Minor against another minor
  • People who have a biological or legal step-parent or step-child relationship. This includes stepparents and stepchildren and grandparents and grandchildren