Legal Advocacy

We will support you through your legal matters.



Legal advocates support survivors by providing information, guidance, and referrals through criminal and civil legal matters. They help survivors navigate Washington State legal systems and connect survivors to legal aid agencies.


While legal advocates are not attorneys and cannot represent clients in court, they can accompany survivors through processes including but not limited to:

  • Divorce Proceedings
  • Parenting Plans
  • Child Support
  • Protection Orders
DAWN partners with Eastside Legal Assistance Program (ELAP) to provide an on-site working attorney for clients referred through DAWN. Free legal clinics and referrals to other free or low-cost attorneys are also available.
Legal Advocacy


Can I get a pro-bono attorney assign to my case?

It depends, your DAWN advocate can refer you to many different organizations, most organzation will be able to help you file and might be able to prepare you for hearings, however, it is always up to the attorney if they are able to take your case. Representation is never guaranteed.

What do I do If I cannot find help right away?

We always recommend as a great way to get information.

What other organizations can I contact to ask for legal assistance?

Moderate Means Program: You can be placed with an attorney that offers their services at a discounted rate. They may be able to offer full representation in a case without charging their full hourly rate.
Moderate Means Program Clients ( Online or Call 855-741-6930

Additional Free Legal Services:

  • Free legal clinic: Contact the King County Bar Association Housing Justice Project at 206-267-7069 to be scheduled.
  • The 2-1-1 Hotline. The 211 Legal Referral and Information Hotline provides information for people facing civil (non-criminal) legal matters. Call 211 8 a.m.–6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • King County Law Library: The Seattle location has closed its physical location. Library patrons can still access services remotely, Monday through Friday 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Contact them at or 206-477-1305 or at The library hosts a legal clinic which you can access via telephone:
    • The Downtown Neighborhood Legal Clinic will accept calls on Thursdays noon–2 p.m. Call 206-267-7070 to request an appointment.

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