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Legal Advocacy

YWCA of Greater Portland, 4610 SE Belmont
4610 SE Belmont St
Portland, OR 97213, US (map)




In this class, participants will learn about civil remedies available in the State of Oregon for survivors of domestic violence, stalking and sexual assault. We will also look at the resources available in Multnomah County for getting a protective order and receiving support for that process. We will discuss the new I-file process (which replaced Turbo Court in October) and what happens after the order is granted, including service, contesting, modifications, dismissals, and renewals. Special considerations for survivors with children will also be addressed.


  • Understand the difference between civil and criminal remedies and what legal advocacy might look like for each
  • Understand the criteria and process for all 4 types of protective orders, and processes after an order is granted
  • Safety planning in the restraining order process
  • Resources available for survivors working with the civil legal system


  • What is legal advocacy? What it isn’t!
  • Why might a survivor not want to access the legal system? And how we can address these concerns.
  • Civil Legal versus Criminal Legal remedies
  • Oregon Protective Orders – Qualifications, protections available, limitations, and process
    - FAPA
    - SAPO
    - Stalking Protective Order
  • Special Considerations for petitioners with minor children
  • Odyssey Guide and File/Paper filings
  • Pros and Cons of Protective Orders
  • Safety Planning during the protective order process
  • Legal Resources & Legal Advocacy at Multnomah County Courthouses


– A lift is located on the north side of the building (on Belmont St) – A ramp is located in the parking lot on the south side of the building – Ramp and lift entrances are equipped with ADA door openers – All 3 levels of the building have elevator access – Gender specific restrooms on the main level are ADA accessible and equipped with automated doors – Gender neutral restroom on the lower level is ADA accessible and equipped with an automated door – Possibility to adjust lightning in the training room

For any questions or requests, please contact Aila Hauru at ailah@ywcapdx.org or (503) 294-7480.