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Domestic Violence

Legal Information

In this section of Washington LawHelp you will find general legal information and self-help resources about domestic violence issues in Washington state.

  • Protection Order Advocacy Program

    Information about when and how to get a protection order. Read More

    By:
    King County
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    Spanish / Español
    Russian / Pусский
  • Womens Law - Domestic Violence Information

    This web site contains links to help you navigate the court system in Washington as well as contact information for many organizations that can help you. Read More

    By:
    Women's Law Initiative
  • Leave from Work for Survivors of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, or Stalking

    Washington State has a law that allows employees to take time off from work to address domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking. Read this memo to learn more about your rights. Read More

    By:
    Legal Voice
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    Russian / Pусский
    Chinese / 中文
  • Domestic Violence Forms and Instructions

    This web site contains the necessary forms and instructions for obtaining a protection order. Read More

    By:
    Administrative Office of the Courts
  • Internet Security

    Please note that computer use can be monitored by an abuser and is impossible to completely clear. This web page provides an overview of internet security and safety when using email. Read More

    By:
    Womenslaw.org
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    Spanish / Español
  • Vulnerable Adult Protection Order

    An Order for Protection can help keep a vulnerable adult safe. However, an order is only one part of protecting a vulnerable adult. If you have questions about other options, call: the statewide telephone number to report abuse or neglect: 1-866-ENDHARM, 1-866-363-4276; or call the Washington State Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-562-6025. Read More

    By:
    Administrative Office of the Courts
  • Hearing Guidelines for a Domestic Violence Protection Order

    This memo is about asking the court for a Domestic Violence Protection Order. It is about how to get ready for your court hearing and what to expect at the hearing when you ask for the protection order. Read More

    By:
    Legal Voice
    Read this in:
    Russian / Pусский
  • Frequently Asked Questions about Abuse in Later Life

    Abuse in later life occurs when an older person is subjected to a pattern of coercive behaviors used to gain & maintain power and control perpetrated by a family member or someone with whom the elder has an ongoing relationship. It is the intersection between elder abuse and domestic violence. Read More

    By:
    National Clearinghouse on Abuse Later in Life
  • Crime Victims Advocacy Network

    We are a network of advocates working with those hurt or harmed by crime in Mason, Thurston, Lewis, Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties. We work to protect the rights and dignity of crime victims by providing them with support, referrals and advocacy in a compassionate, proactive and empowering manner. Read More

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    Crime Victims Advocacy Network
  • Crisis Text Line

    Crisis Text Line serves young people in any type of crisis, providing them access to free, 24/7, emotional support and information they need via the medium they already use and trust: text. Here’s how it works: A teen texts into CTL anywhere, anytime; a live, trained specialist receives the text and responds quickly; the specialist helps the teen stay safe and healthy with effective, secure counseling and referrals through text message using CTL’s platform. CTL partners with existing organizations that are experienced, highly trained, and well-equipped to respond to teens in crisis: experienced crisis centers, youth-serving organizations, and experts in the youth and mental health fields. Read More

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    Crisis Text Line
  • New Social Security Numbers for Domestic Violence Victims

    If you’re a victim of family violence, harassment, abuse, or life-endangering situations, Social Security may be able to help you. Public awareness campaigns stress how important it is for victims to develop safety plans that include gathering personal papers and choosing a safe place to go. Sometimes, the best way to evade an abuser and reduce the risk of further violence may be to relocate and establish a new identity. Following these changes, getting a new Social Security number may also be helpful. Read More

    By:
    Social Security Administration
  • Priortizing Debts for Survivors of Domestic Violence

    Articles on how to prioritize debts, debt collection form letter and building and repairing your credit history. Content Detail

    By:
    The Center for Survivor Agency & Justice
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