ANTIHARASSMENT PROTECTION ORDER

A petition can be filed by:

  • An adult who is a victim of unlawful harassment
  • Parents on behalf of their child:
    • Against an adult whose behavior is detrimental to the child
    • Against a minor who is under investigation or has been adjudicated of an offense against the child

“Unlawful Harassment” means:

A knowing and willful course of conduct which seriously alarms, annoys, harasses, or is detrimental to such person, and which service no legitimate or lawful purpose.  The conduct shall be such as would cause a reasonable person to suffer substantial emotional distress, and shall actually cause substantial emotional distress to the petition, or, when the course of conduct would cause a reasonable parent to fear for the well-being of their child.

“Course of conduct” means:

A pattern of composed of a series of acts over a period of time, however short, evidencing a continuity of purpose.

See the Washington State Legislature Statute here: RCW Chapter 10.14, Harassment