The PAO’s Protection Order Advocacy Program (POAP) is marking its 25th year of assisting victims of domestic violence obtain temporary and permanent protection orders.
Protection Order Program: 25 years of Helping Victims of Domestic Violence
The PAO’s Protection Order Advocacy Program (POAP) is marking its 25th year of assisting victims of domestic violence obtain temporary and permanent protection orders. The program’s dedicated advocates work with individuals, primarily women and children, who have experienced physical harm, bodily injury, sexual assault, have received threats of imminent bodily harm, or have been the victims of stalking. Without advocates to provide these important services, many of our community's most vulnerable victims would go unserved and be subjected to additional acts of violence.
The Protection Order Program was started in 1989. King County is one of the few jurisdictions nationally that provides advocacy services for protection orders. The program serves approximately 5,000 victims and their children annually. Well over 100,000 victims have been served since the program began. The Protection Order Program’s director, Sandra Shanahan, oversees the program’s efforts at assisting DV victims.
From L-R: Protection Order Program Director Sandra Shanahan and victim advocates Amy Bullard, Neda Chini, and Meredith Marsh.
The victim advocates are dedicated, hard-working, and committed to bettering the legal system on behalf of the victims of domestic violence.
We are proud of them for the work they do every day. To learn more about our POAP, please check out the PAO's protection order website, designed to provide important information about protection orders and how to obtain one.
From L-R: RJC protection order victim advocates Lorinda Tsai, Rosanna Sim, Angela Rogness, and Charu Wahi.