Legal Support for Domestic Violence
Access Legal Advocacy & Protection Order Support
If you need assistance with a protection order due to intimate partner domestic violence, or if you are the listed victim in a criminal case and you need to speak to an advocate, please call 509-477-3656 option #1. If advocates are not able to answer your call, please leave a detailed message including a safe way to contact you, so that a legal advocate can reach out to you within 1-2 business days.
Click for more information about:
- Protection orders, including a link to the protection order packets.
- What legal advocates do.
- Definition of domestic violence.
Access Civil Legal Services
Our team of attorneys and paralegals are able to provide assistance to help survivors of intimate partner domestic violence with legal issues related to family law matters (divorce, custody, child support, parentage and protection orders).
The best way to connect with our Civil Legal team is through our online intake form. If access to the internet is an issue, please contact our front desk at 509-326-1190 for assistance with filling out the online intake. We accept intakes Monday through Wednesday of each week in the order in which they are received. After your intake has been reviewed, the Civil Legal team will contact you on Thursday or Friday of the same week to schedule an appointment either in-person, over the phone, or virtually. Appointments usually take place the week after the intake is received.
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 here. 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 intimate 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.
Often, it is difficult to identify various forms of abuse, particularly when they are indirect or not as obvious as physical and/or sexual violence. YWCA Power and Control Wheel diagram is a particularly helpful tool in understanding the overall pattern of abusive and violent behaviors which are used to establish and maintain control over a partner.
Legal Definition of Domestic Violence
The legal definition of domestic violence includes:
- Physical harm, bodily injury, or assault
- Creating a fear that physical harm, bodily injury, or assault will happen
- Sexual assault
- Nonconsensual sexual conduct
- Nonconsensual sexual penetration
- Coercive control
- Unlawful harassment
You can read more about the meaning of the legal definition of domestic violence here.
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 option #1.
Our 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.
If your partner has been charged with a domestic violence offense, you may need support through the court process. Our legal advocates can access information about your partner’s case, a pending release, bail conditions, the specifications on no-contact orders and other court-related matters.
Navigating the legal system and courts can be overwhelming. Legal terms, processes and federal/state/municipal laws are often confusing and frustrating. See our legal advocacy services quick guide for help. For support, you can contact our legal advocates by calling 509-477-3656 option #1.
Our Legal Advocates do not handle matters of family law.
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 509-326-CALL (2255).
Curious about additional services at YWCA Spokane? Check out our regularly updated list of services available here.