Legal Support for Domestic Violence

Access Legal Advocacy & Protection Order Support

Si necesita ayuda con una orden de protección debido a la violencia doméstica de su pareja íntima, o si usted es la víctima incluida en un caso penal y necesita hablar con un defensor, llame 509-477-3656 opción #1. If advocates are not able to answer your call, please leave a detailed message including a safe way to contact you so a legal advocate can reach out to you as soon as they are able to.

For more information about protection orders, including a link to the protection order packets haga clic aquí. For more information about what YWCA Spokane legal advocates do haga clic aquí. For information about the definition of domestic violence haga clic aquí.

Access Civil Legal Services

The best way to connect with our Civil Legal team is through our online intake form. We accept intakes Monday through Wednesday of each week in the order in which they are received. Upon form submission, a member of the Civil Legal team will contact you to schedule an appointment either in-person, over the phone, or virtually. Appointments usually take place the week after the intake is received. If access to the internet is an issue, please contact our front desk at 509-326-1190 for assistance with filling out the form. 

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For information about what our Civil Legal Department does, haga clic aquí.

What To Do When We Are Unable To Accept New Intakes

In the event that we are unable to accept new intakes, please contact Northwest Justice Project by calling 1-888-201-1014 on weekdays between 9:15 am – 12:15 pm or applying for their legal assistance online aquí. If you are currently working with a YWCA advocate, you may request that they provide a direct referral to Northwest Justice Project for you.

What Is Domestic Violence?

At YWCA Spokane, we focus on supporting survivors of inimate partner domestic violence and their children. We know that domestic violence can mean different things to different people. At YWCA Spokane, we view intimate partner domestic violence as any situation where one partner in an intimate relationship tries to maintain power and control over the other person. We view the survivor as the person who the controlling behavior is aimed at. Our services are for people who are directly impacted by intimate partner domestic violence and their children.

A menudo, es difícil identificar varias formas de abuso, particularmente cuando son indirectas o no tan obvias como la violencia física y / o sexual. Rueda de control y potencia YWCA El diagrama es una herramienta particularmente útil para comprender el patrón general de comportamientos abusivos y violentos que se utilizan para establecer y mantener el control sobre una pareja.

Legal Definition of Domestic Violence

The legal definition of domestic violence includes:

    • Daño físico, lesión corporal o asalto
    • Creating a fear that physical harm, bodily injury, or assault will happen
    • Agresión sexual
    • Nonconsenual sexual conduct
    • Nonconsensual sexual penetration
    • Coercive control
    • Unlawful harassment
    • Acecho

You can read more about the meaning of the legal definition of domestic violence aquí.

Órdenes de protección

An Order of Protection, often called a Protection Order, is a civil order that, when violated, allows police to arrest the person who has been abusive. It is important to note, not all violations result in an arrest. Each person is responsible for reporting violations experienced.

To apply for an Order of Protection, fill out one of the packets below.


  • For survivors who are married, have children in common, living together, either party is under the age of 16 and filing for their own protection order, involved in a felony case, or are filing on behalf of a vulnerable adult.


  • For survivors who are currently in or were in a dating relationship and are not living together now, do not have children together, and are not married.

If you are considering a protection order or have further questions about the process, we invite you to explore the legal advocates’ answers to a list of frequently asked questions.

It may also be helpful to reach out to our legal advocates by calling 509-477-3656 opción #1.

Defensa legal

YWCA Spokane legal advocates can help survivors of intimate-partner domestic violence by answering many questions about the civil or criminal court processes. If you need formal legal protection from your partners’ abuse, advocates can help you apply for a Civil Order for Protection to prevent your partner from directly or indirectly contacting, harassing, stalking or abusing you in any way.

Si su pareja ha sido acusada de un delito de violencia doméstica, es posible que necesite apoyo a través del proceso judicial. Nuestros defensores legales pueden acceder a información sobre el caso de su pareja, una liberación pendiente, las condiciones de la fianza, las especificaciones sobre las órdenes de no contacto y otros asuntos relacionados con la corte.

Navegar por el sistema legal y los tribunales puede ser abrumador. Los términos legales, los procesos y las leyes federales / estatales / municipales a menudo son confusos y frustrantes. Ver nuestro guía rápida de servicios de defensa legal for help. For support, you can contact our legal advocates by calling 509-477-3656 opción #1.

Our Legal Advocates do not handle matters of family law.

Asistencia Legal Civil

Attorneys and paralegals within our Civil Legal Department are able to provide assistance to help survivors of intimate-partner domestic violence with legal issues related to family law (divorce, custody, child support, parentage, protection orders). If you would like to get support from one of our attorney’s or paralegals for a family law matter, please see the instructions at the top of this webpage.

Call 509-477-3656 option #1 to reach a YWCA Spokane Legal Advocate. If you are in need of immediate assistance, please call our 24/7 helpline at 509-789-CALL (2255).

Additional Services

Curious about additional services at YWCA Spokane? Check out our regularly updated list of services available aquí.