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Protection Order
Advocacy Program

Seattle (206) 477-1103
Kent (206) 477-3758

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1.3 million women and 835,000 men are physically assaulted by an intimate partner annually in the United States.



Your Temporary Order for Protection and Order for Protection are valid as soon as they are signed by a judge or commissioner. However, the abuser cannot be arrested or prosecuted for violating the order until he or she has been served. If you requested that a police officer serve your order you can call the Protection Order Advocacy Program or the law enforcement agency responsible for service to see if the respondent has been served. Once the order has been served be sure to call the police to report any violations of the order.

Whether or not you have a protection order, and whether or not the abuser has been served, you can always call the police if the abuser hurts, threatens, or harasses you. The police may be able to charge the abuser with other crimes even if you do not have a served protection order.