Legal Advocacy

DVSBF provides support and advocacy for clients as they navigate the legal system as related to the issue of domestic violence, such as filing for a protection order. Referrals are made to other service providers when any legal issue is beyond the scope of services provided by DVSBF.

If you need to contact a legal advocate, please call 582-9841.

Domestic Violence Protection Order Assistance: Download a Domestic Violence Protection Order Assistance Flier. Download a Domestic Violence Protection Order Assistance Pull-tab

Download a Alternate Legal Resources & Options

If you live outside of the Tri-Cities, click here to find out about services in rural areas of Benton & Franklin Counties.

Additional resources:

Find out when your court date is click here.

Learn more about Protection Orders & Restraining Orders.  En Espanol.

Download forms for a Domestic Violence Protection Order.

New! A Domestic Violence Protection Order interactive interview is now available for public use. This guided interview produces necessary court forms and step-by-step instructions for filing a petition for order of protection in Washington State courts.

Learn more about the protection order process from the Domestic Violence Unit of the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Download a Alternate Legal Resources & Options resource page.

Learn more about Child Custody.

Learn more about custody and abuse issues in the family courts.

Learn more about Parental Kidnapping.

Learn more about Divorce & Separation.

Download a Guide for Battered Women: Managing Your Divorce.

For more information:

Washington State Court Forms

Women’s Law Help

Benton-Franklin Legal Aid Services

Columbia Legal Services

Northwest Justice Project & CLEAR

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project

Washington Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification (SAVIN)

Pro- Bono Services

Benton County Clerks Office

Franklin County Clerks Office

American Bar Association

All DVSBF services are free of charge and confidential. 

If you are in need of any of the above services, or have questions about the services we provide, please contact our Local 24 Crisis Line:(509) 582-9841 or Toll-Free 24 Hour Hotline:(800) 648-1277

DVSBF provides services to any victim of domestic violence regardless of immigration status, race, color, religion, disability, pregnancy, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, age, ethnicity, income, veteran status or any other basis prohibited by law.