Proposed bill would help people facing domestic abuse, sexual violence, stalking

OLYMPIA – Washington state could create a significantly more accessible and effective civil protection order system with the passage of legislation sponsored by Sen. Manka Dhingra (D-Redmond) and Rep. Roger Goodman (D-Kirkland). SB 5297 and its companion HB 1320 would streamline, update and improve access to the courts for civil protection orders. “Protection orders are intended to be available quickly when someone needs protection from harm,” said Dhingra. “The pandemic has highlighted long-standing barriers to access when victims ...

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