We know how stressful and difficult it can be to initiate or respond to legal proceedings against an abusive partner or spouse. Our trained advocates are here to help by providing you with information and resources about the legal system.
It’s important to remember that if you’re being abused:
- You have legal rights and options for protection.
- You are not alone.
- We will walk with you through this process.
How LifeWire can help
While our goal is to help ensure every survivor is able to access legal resources and information right here in King County, we unfortunately are not able to provide legal advice or legal representation in court.
We can help you and your family by:
- Providing information about specific legal protections offered to survivors of domestic violence.
- Explaining the processes involved in obtaining legal protection from an abusive partner or spouse.
- Referring you to local pro bono attorneys or legal assistance organizations for advice and representation.
- Offering support as you navigate through the legal system.
- Accompanying you to court hearings and advocating on your behalf to an attorney.
Importance of legal representation
Before petitioning against your abusive partner or taking him/her to court, we strongly recommend getting connected with a legal advocate or a pro bono attorney. Nationally, 83% of survivors represented by attorneys successfully obtained protection orders, compared to only 32% without attorneys.
We do not have lawyers on staff at LifeWire and cannot provide legal advice or counsel.
King County and Washington state legal resources
Call our 24-Hour Helpline at 425-746-1940 for information about local resources available to you, which include:
- King County Domestic Violence Protection Order Advocacy Program: The Protection Order Advocacy Program (POAP) is a program within the Domestic Violence Unit of the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. POAP assists King County residents and those who recently fled to King County (because of domestic violence) as they petition the courts for protection orders.
- Eastside Legal Assistance Program: Eastside Legal Assistance Program (ELAP) is a non-profit organization that provides high-quality, no-cost civil legal services to survivors of domestic violence throughout King County and to low-income residents of East and Northeast King County.
- The Family Law Toolkit for Domestic Violence Survivors: Created by the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, this provides tools to help domestic violence survivors access the information, resources and support they need to navigate the family law system successfully and to protect themselves and their children from further harm.
Legal support for immigrant survivors
If you are an immigrant survivor of domestic violence, regardless of your immigration status, there is legal help available. Please visit this page for more information.