Acronyms and Links- Lots of Letters in the Judicial World

It can be confusing keeping track of all the acronyms used by the Judiciary so here is a list, I am sure this will be a ongoing updated post, so check back.


10.99 – RCW Criminal Domestic Violence

26.50 – RCW Title 26.50 Family Law Domestic Violence

191’s – RCW 26.09.191 Restrictions in Permanent Parenting Plans

388-60 – WAC Which applies to the DV Perpetrator Treatment

1983 – Subsection 1983 Title 42 United States Code / Civil Action for Deprivation of Rights

1985 –Subsection 1985 of Title 42 United States Code / Conspiracy to Interfere with Civil Rights


ABA – American BAR Association

ACLU – American Civil Liberties Union

ADA – Americans with Disabilities Act

AG – Washington State Attorney General

AOC – Administrative Office of the Courts

Assessment – A quasi clinical evaluation absent measurable forensic protocols and normally conducted by a Social Worker level Professional

ATJ – Access to Justice Board

BJA – Board of Judicial Administration

BPD – Borderline Personality Disorder

CA – DSHS Children’s Administration

Cannons – Judicial Cannons (Codes of Conduct)

CJC – Commission on Judicial Conduct

COA – Washington State Court of Appeals

CPA – Consumer Protection Act (Yes DOH Licensed Health Care Workers are Subject to the CPA

CPS – DSHS Department of Child Protection Services

CR – Washington State Supreme Court Civil Court Rules

DAWN – Domestic Abuse Women’s Network

DJA – Department of Judicial Administration

DMCJA – District and Municipal Court Judges Association

DOC – Washington Department of Corrections

DOH –  Washington State Department of Health

DOJ – United States Department of Justice

DOL – Washington State Department of License

DOR – Washington State Department of Revenue

DSHS – Washington State Department of Social and Health Services

DSM – DSM IV TR Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

Duluth – Duluth Model of Domestic Violence

DV –  Domestic Violence as defined by RCW 26.50.010

DVPO – Domestic Violence Protection Order 

DVPT – Domestic Violence Perpetrator Treatment

EDVP – Eastside Domestic Violence Program

ER – Washington State Supreme Court Evidence Rules

Evaluation – A clinical Evaluation with measurable Forensic Protocols normally conducted by a PhD level Professional

FBI – Federal Bureau of Investigation

FCS – Family Court Services

General Fund – Refers to Washington State Government General Revenue Fund

GJC – Gender and Justice Commission

HHS – US Department of Health and Human Services

HIPAA – Health Insurance and Portability Accountability Act of 1996

JIS –  Judicial Information System

KCBA – King County BAR Association

KCBA FLS – KCBA Family Law Section

KCCADV – King County Coalition Against Domestic Violence

KCSC – King County Superior Court

KingCo – King County Washington

Kool-Aid – Term referring to blindly following instructions to your own personal detriment sometimes called “drinking Kool-aid” or “Kool-Aid drinkers” when referring to others.

LCR – Local Court Rules

LMHC – Licensed Mental Health Counselor 

MD – Medical Doctorate Degree / Physician

Meretricious – A Term Created by the Court referring to a Stable and Committed long term relationship, recently has been replaced by the term “Loving and Committed Relationship” in essence “Common Law Marriage”  

MSW – Masters Degree in Social Work

NBCC- National Board of Certified Counselors

NCO – Criminal No Contact Order

NWADVTP – Northwest Association of Domestic Violence Treatment Professionals 

OCLA – Washington Office of Civil Legal Aid

OCVA – Washington Department of Commerce- Office of Crime Victim Advocacy 

OFM – Washington State Office of Financial Management

OJA – Office of Judicial Administration

OVW – US Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women

PAS – Parental Alienation Syndrome

PD – Police Department

PDC – Public Disclosure Commission

PDO – Agency Public Disclosure Officer

PDR – Public Disclosure Request

PhD – Doctorate Degree Level

PLB – Washington BAR Practice of Law Board

Power and Control Wheel – Part of the Duluth Model

PRA – Washington State Public Records Act

PRR – Public Records Request Agency Response

RCW – Revised Code of Washington State

RO – Restraining Order non DV related

RPC – Lawyer Rules of Professional Conduct

SCOMIS – Superior Court Management Information System

SLL – Washington State Law Library

SnoCo – Snohomish County Washington

SOS – Washington State Secretary of State

STOP Grant – Federal Domestic Violence Monetary Grant – VAWA Funds 

SW – Social Worker

TCSC – Thurston County Superior Court

Temp Order – Temporary Court Orders put in place at initial filing of legal action. Generally Civil Actions Dissolution, Custody, DVPO, Meretricious

Triangulation – Also Called Parental Alienation Syndrome  

UCCJEA – Uniform Child Custody and Jurisdiction Enforcement Act

VAWA – Violence Against Women Act

WA-AFCC – Washington Association of Family and Conciliation Courts

WAC – Washington Administrative Code

WADOC – Washington Department of Commerce

WADVC – Washington Domestic Violence Commission

WCSAP – Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs

WSCCR – Washington State Center for Court Research

WSIPP – Washington State Institute for Public Policy

WSCADV – Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence

WBAR – Washington State BAR Association

WSSC – Washington State Supreme Court

WSP – Washington State Patrol

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