Domestic violence is a dangerous reality for some families in Washington. Though many of stories about domestic abuse are tragic, the good news is that there are many ways to get out of these relationships. When a person files a domestic violence complaint, the alleged abuser may soon find a protective order filed against them, barring them from coming in contact with the person who has been supposedly victimized.
In Washington, orders of protection can be awarded during divorce in an effort to prevent abuse. Orders of protection are usually constructed in one of two ways - "stay away" or "refrain from" - and both types are intended to foster safer living relations and prevent domestic violence during the divorce process.