Resources

The Sexual Violence Law Center (SVLC) attorneys provide holistic, trauma-informed legal assistance to victims of sexual violence in a wide variety of legal matters, including protection orders, immigration, employment, public benefits, Title IX, housing, crime victim rights and more. We also provide technical assistance and trainings to advocates, attorneys, and judges working with victims of sexual violence.

For Survivors

Legal Resources
  • Know Your Rights booklet developed by SVLC: Information for Survivors of Sexual Violence (English, Spanish,  Chinese)
  • WashingtonLawHelp is an online legal resource library on several civil legal issues with how-to packets and legal information.
  • Northwest Justice Project provides general legal assistance to eligible low-income families and individuals needing help with civil (non-criminal) legal problems in Washington state.
  • Washington Pro Bono Council are volunteer lawyer programs throughout Washington state that provide free legal aid services to low-income individuals and families.
  • If looking to hire a private attorney, the Washington State Bar Association provides a legal directory of all attorneys licensed in Washington.
  • All court forms needed to file a protection order or any case in state courts can be found through the Washington Courts website
Mental Health
  • Harborview Center for Trauma & Abuse provides trauma-specific evaluation and mental health treatment to survivors of sexual violence
  • If needing mental health support immediately, please call 988 which is a behavioral health and suicide support line.
Support and Advocacy Services

Throughout Washington there are community-based programs that specialize in providing confidential services to victims of rape, sexual assault, child sexual abuse or to survivors of childhood sexual abuse. These programs are often called sexual assault programs or rape crisis centers:

For Providers

Assisting or representing a survivor of sexual violence through a trauma-informed lens reduces a survivor being further victimized and retraumatized when engaging with different systems.
For Law Enforcement
  • For child sexual abuse, WA’s Criminal Justice Training Commission offers a 4-day course for investigators and prosecutors, and child forensic interviewers on improving their investigation skills in child sexual and physical abuse cases, including trauma-informed interview techniques.
  • For adult sexual assault, WA’s Criminal Justice Training Commission offers investigators a 4 day training on improving their investigation skills in sexual assault cases, including trauma-informed interview techniques.
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