Domestic Violence Victim Resources

For Victims of Domestic Violence

The Seattle City Attorney's Office Domestic Violence Unit provides assistance and information to victims of domestic violence, including referrals to shelters, counseling, safety plans and more.

Phone: (206) 684-7757

Civil Protection Orders

Domestic violence victims may file a court petition for a civil protection order which does not involve the police or criminal charges.

A civil protection order:

  • Prohibits contact of any kind.
  • Removes the abuser from a shared residence.
  • Grants temporary custody of children and sets visitation schedules.
  • Orders the abuser into treatment and/or counseling.

The Seattle Municipal Court does not accept petitions for civil protection orders. Petitions can be filed at King County Superior Court, or another Superior or District court in Washington.

Civil Protection Order Assistance

King County Superior Court Clerk's Office

516 Third Avenue
Room 378-W, 3rd Floor
Seattle, WA 98104

Phone: (206) 296-7870

Protection Order Advocacy Program

Advocates will explain the process, help complete forms, and accompany the applicant through the court process.

Phone: (206) 477-1103

Additional Resources