YWCA Kitsap County offers Legal Advocacy Services to victims of domestic violence. These services include:
Civil and Criminal Justice System Navigation
Victims’ Rights Information
Protection Orders Information
Referrals for Legal Consultation
Bilingual/Bicultural Advocacy Services
A Spanish-speaking bilingual legal advocate is available to non-English/Spanish-speaking victims. Translation services are available for all languages.
Monthly Legal Clinic
YWCA Kitsap County collaborates with Kitsap Legal Services to offer a monthly legal clinic for victims to speak with an attorney at no cost. (This Program is unavailable at this time)
The YWCA do not provide DV Assessments or perpetrator treatment.
Rescind Protection Orders
In order to rescind a Protection Order in Kitsap County, an appointment must be made with a YWCA Legal Advocate to access information and safety planning.
Schedule an Appointment: 360-479-0491
What does it mean to work with a Legal Services Advocate?
A legal advocate is someone who is knowledgeable about the legal system, about domestic violence, and about the intersection between the two. When you work with a legal services advocate, you are representing yourself in your case, but you have the support and knowledge of the advocate to help guide you.
Legal Services Advocates CAN:
• Help you understand your legal options
• Help you determine your next legal step
• Provide documents relevant to the legal action you decide to take
• Assist you in understanding how to navigate the legal system
• Provide limited court support
• Help you obtain the knowledge and resources necessary to represent yourself
Legal Services Advocates CANNOT:
• Give legal advice
• Do your paperwork for you
• Speak for you in court
Can you provide me a free attorney?
Maybe. We do have resources and referrals for attorneys that provide free representation, however we cannot guarantee attorney representation to every client. Attorney representation is on a case-by-case basis. You may request a referral to an attorney, and it is their choice whether or not to take your case for representation. They may want to meet with you before deciding whether to take your case. You must call to complete an intake before you can be referred to an attorney.
Is there a charge for any of your services?
No. All services are FREE and confidential.
Do I need an appointment?
Yes, you do need an appointment for all services.
What should I bring to my appointment?
Please bring the following to your appointment, if possible:
• Financial documentation (paystubs, tax returns, DSHS award letters)
• Information about property and debts
• Documentation of domestic violence if available (photos, police reports, medical records, statements) – please note we understand that there is not always documentation of domestic violence
• Documentation of concerns you may have for the other parent (for family law cases)
*You must complete an intake prior to receiving any services, including filing a protection order. Please call YWCA Kitsap County’s Legal Line at (360) 479-0491 between 8:00am and 4:30pm Monday through Friday to complete an intake and schedule an appointment.
*All services are FREE and confidential.