Legal matters often arise with issues of sexual and domestic violence. SafePlace strives to provide trained advocates to go with you to court, if you want to get a protection order, or to support you if you choose to make a police report.
The SafePlace Legal Clinic is held bi-monthly at the SafePlace Community Services Office starting at 6:00 pm the first and third Thursday of each month. Clients will be seen on a first come, first served basis. Because advocates cannot give legal advice or provide representation, we work in partnership with the Thurston County Volunteer Legal Services (TCVLS).
We bring experienced attorneys and SafePlace advocates together at our office to help you navigate complex legal systems. This clinic is provided for those who have experienced sexual or domestic violence issues or cases related to or resulting from that violence. No appointment is necessary. This is a walk-in clinic and you may have to wait approximately 30 minutes to see an attorney. We may have fewer attorneys than the amount of people and only a few offices for private meetings. There is limited capacity so we ask that clients arrive as close to 6:00 pm as possible. Please bring any relevant paperwork and write down your questions ahead of time as you will have approximately 1/2 hour to meet with an attorney. Limited childcare is offered for parents during meetings with attorneys.
The attorneys you meet with cannot represent you or go with you to court. They are here to help you represent yourself and advise you on how to fill out paperwork.
You can check with a SafePlace advocate about having someone support you at court. You can also ask an advocate if you need SafePlace services, community resources or safety planning. While we strive to minimize barriers to legal aid for all survivors, please be advised the clinic will prioritize clients with children, limited English proficiency, or other special needs.