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Domestic volence Protection Order laws

Tacoma, WA |

Two days ago, my sister's boyfriend assaulted me. I filed charges, with he filed counter charges because I pushed him off of me. Last night I was served a Domestic Violence temp. protection order obtained under the domestic category of "current or former cohabitant or roommate". This person did happen to be my roommate three and a half years ago for a period of two months. This was before my sister started dating him. Can he get a "domestic violence" order against me when we were roommates so long ago?

Additional information; After I kicked this person out of my home for failure to pay his rent, I had no contact what so ever with him until recently (February 2009) when my sister (his girlfriend) was babysitting my daughter for pay. The domestic violence order has nothing to do at all with the former roommate situation.

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Attorney answers 1


This comes under the rubric of "the best defense is often a good offense". Go to the court when the Prosecutor asks you to be there in his criminal case. Be prepared to explain what happened. The judge will see that your sister's BF is doing this BECAUSE you filed charges. If you can get the prosecutor to share the information or charges in writing you can show that to the DVPO judge.

In Tacoma, "former cohabitants or roommates" is broadly interpreted. Domestic violence orders tend to get handed out like candy, but the court has the ability to re-align the parties if the court understands that the abuser is going after the victim again in this arena.

The YWCA has counsel available who can help you. I hope you call him; his name is Kevin Rundle and he can help you. Elizabeth Powell