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Pets in protective orders

Animals in Domestic Violence Restraining Orders: WA

By Policy, Washington

WASHINGTON allows domestic violence protective orders to include pets. In addition, federal law includes the crime of stalking and actions that make the victim fear that the stalker will hurt the victim’s pet, service or emotional support animal, or horse (18 U.S.C. § 2261A (2019)). As per the Animal Legal & Historical Center website1, Summary: This Washington law reflects the…

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Audio Video Surveillance

Video And Audio Surveillance Laws: WA

By Policy, Washington

WASHINGTON is considered an All-Party Consent State, in that all people involved in the recorded communication must give permission. As per the Justia website1, Washington law requires the consent of all parties to legally record in-person or telephone conversations. Consent is considered obtained via a reasonably clear announcement made to all parties during the recording. Violations are considered a gross…

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Address Confidentiality Program

Address Confidentiality Laws: WA

By Policy, Washington

The Address Confidentiality Program (ACP) exists to protect victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and other crimes from their abusers being able to track and locate them, potentially putting them in continued harm’s way. The program gives victims a legal substitute address where their first-class mail will be forwarded (free of charge) to their actual address. This substitute address…

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