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Sexual Violence Legal Services

SVLS is the only legal program in Washington focused exclusively on providing legal assistance to address the unique needs of victims of sexual violence.

Sexual Violence Legal Services

About Us
Sexual Violence Legal Services (SVLS) helps victims of sexual assault rebuild their lives by protecting their privacy, safety, and civil rights through legal advocacy and public education.

We believe sexual violence is never the fault of victims, regardless of who they are and what choices they make. No one deserves to be sexually assaulted, and all victims of sexual violence deserve access to justice. SVLS’s trained, experienced, sensitive staff provides a wide array of legal services tailored to meet the needs of each individual victim.

What We Do
The services we provide include:

  • Legal representation, consultations, and hotline services for victims of sexual violence.
  • Technical assistance and mentoring for attorneys and advocates working with victims.
  • Legal training for legal professionals and advocates and community education for victims.

Who We Serve
SVLS assists victim of sexual violence, age 11 years or older, who have legal issues in King and Snohomish County. We prioritize the cases of victims who have the greatest barriers to accessing justice, such as victims who have multiple legal issues, disabilities, limited English proficiency, or who fall into vulnerable populations such as immigrants/refugees, teens, the elderly, the homeless, and others.

Legal Resources
To request services—including SVLS’s confidential, anonymous, legal information/referral hotline, legal representation, legal consultations, or pro se assistance—contact SVLS staff at:

Emily Cordo, Legal Director
ecordo@ywcaworks.org
206.436.8611

Riddhi Mukhopadhyay, Coordinating Attorney
riddhim@ywcaworks.org
206.832.3632

For other resources for victims of sexual violence in King County, including support, information or resources for sexual assault survivors, call the King County Sexual Assault Resource Center's 24-hour hotline: 1.888.99.VOICE.

A list of additional resources for survivors of sexual violence can be found here: http://www.svlawcenter.org/section_resources/index.htm