Washington State Law

Washington State law goes beyond making domestic violence a crime, the law has several provisions to support the victims of domestic violence.

Public Law Library of King County – Domestic Violence Guide

This guide briefly discusses issues related to domestic violence situations in Washington State.

The following list is from the Sexual Violence Law Center:

Protection Orders

Sexual Assault Protection Order – RCW 7.90
Domestic Violence Protection Order – RCW 26.50
Anti-Harassment Order – RCW 10.14
Vulnerable Adult Protection Order – RCW 74.34.110
Criminal DV No-Contact Orders – RCW 10.99
Evidence Rules in Protection Order hearings – ER 1101

Privacy & Confidentiality

Sexual Assault Advocate Privilege – RCW 5.60.060(7)
Mental Health Therapist & Client Privilege – RCW 18.22.105
Domestic Violence Advocate Privilege – RCW 5.60.060(8)
Confidentiality of Rape Crisis Center Records – RCW 70.125.065
Client Records of Domestic Violence Programs – RCW 70.123.075
Washington State Criminal Records Privacy Act – RCW 10.97
Medical Records, Health Care Information Access & Disclosure – RCW 70.02
Sealing of Court Records – Wash. Court Rule GR 15
Public Disclosure Act – Information held confidential RCW 50.13.015
Address Confidentiality – RCW 40.24
Child victims of sexual assault, confidential – RCW 10.97.130
Victim Polygraphing – RCW – 10.58.038

Other Civil Legal Needs

Right to Support Person – RCW 70.125.060
Housing: Right to Terminate Tenancy or Lease – RCW 59.18.575
Interpreters: Right to, Deaf and Hard of Hearing – RCW 2.42
Non-English Speaking – RCW 2.43
Employment: Washington Law Against Discrimination – RCW 49.60
Employment: Washington State Family Leave Act – RCW 49.78
Washington Unemployment Compensation – RCW 50.20
Domestic Violence Leave – RCW 49.76

Mandatory Reporting

Abuse of Children, Reports – RCW 26.44.030
Abuse of Vulnerable Adults – RCW 74.34

Rape Shield

Civil Cases – Evidence Rule 412
Criminal Cases – RCW 9A.44.020

Criminal Cases

Sex Offenses – RCW 9A.44
Communications with a Minor for Immoral Purposes – RCW 9.68A.090
Harassment – RCW 9A.46
Indecent Exposure – RCW 9A.88.010
Sexual Exploitation of Children – RCW 9.68
Stalking – RCW 9A.46.110
Unlawful Imprisonment – RCW 9A.40.040
Voyeurism – RCW 9A.44.115
Limitations of Actions (Statute of Limitations)
Crime Victims Rights– RCW 7.69.030
Child Crime Victim Rights – RCW 7.69A.030
Crime Victims Compensation – RCW 7.68, WAC 296-20-220

Other

Victims of Sexual Assault Act – RCW 70.125
Investigation of Child Sexual Abuse, Protocols – RCW 26.44.180

 

Last Updated August 18, 2017