Victim Advocacy and Education

Helping crime and sexual assault victims regain their power

If you have been a victim of sexual assault or another crime, we are here for you.  We help children, adults and elders.  Our goal is to help crime victims and loved ones regain their personal power.

We support people on the worst days of their lives and in their darkest hours. Survivors are believed, supported and connected to the services and benefits they are entitled to. We strive to reduce the effects of trauma on the survivor and on our community.

We work with anyone who identifies as a crime victim. There are no legal burdens for victimization to be met. Services are free and available to anyone. We have a Spanish-speaking advocate available and other language needs can be met through a free interpreter service.

As a Trauma-Informed Care organization, Lutheran Community Services Northwest strives to ensure that individuals of all ages have timely access to services from knowledgeable caring providers. To provide culturally appropriate behavioral healthcare and related services, our experienced staff seek to understand each person’s unique situation, and then develop a plan to assist individuals on their path to wellness through counseling and skill building.

We educate the community about the effects of crime victimization and sexual violence. We advocate for victims’ rights in the community and we advocate for individual victims and their loved ones on a personal level.

Some of the types of crime we can help with include:

  • assault
  • harassment
  • bullying
  • elder or parental abuse
  • sexual violence/assault of any kind
  • property crimes
  • sexual exploitation
  • child sexual abuse
  • child physical abuse
  • burglary
  • arson
  • hate crimes
  • kidnapping
  • terrorism
  • mass violence
  • vehicular assault
  • DUI/DWI crash
  • homicide/attempted homicide
  • robbery
  • sexual harassment

Sexual Assault 24-hour Crisis Line: 509-624-7273

If you have been a victim of sexual violence, please call 509-624-7273 any time. Your confidential call will be answered 24 hours a day/ seven days per week.

Washington State Crime Victim Crisis Line: 888-288-9221

Medical

We are here to help sexual assault and other crime victims with their medical needs. Our services include:

  • Information about medical care/concerns, including assistance with needed follow up
  • Assistance in making informed decisions about medical care
  • Support at medical exams and appointments
  • Sexual assault nurse examiner services

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Healing

We are here to help sexual assault and other crime victims heal. Our services include:

  • Crisis intervention and stabilization related to victimization
  • Information about the effects of victimization
  • Personal support related to victimization, and arranging services to enhance healing/recovery
  • Psycho-educational support groups (sexual violence survivors and their non-offending caregivers only)

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We are here to help crime and sexual assault victims navigate our legal system.  We work with victims to reduce the trauma of dealing with our legal system.

Our services Include:

  • Assistance in making informed decisions about reporting
  • Information about criminal justice systems, civil remedies and dependency
  • Assistance in obtaining crime victim compensation benefits, civil remedies and dependency
  • Assistance in preparing for court and support at interviews, trials and sentencings
  • Information about victim rights in a legal setting
  • Assistance with civil orders of protection
  • Legal consultation and representation with a victim rights attorney for survivors of sexual violence (11 years old and older)

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Education & Outreach

The best way to stop sexual abuse and violent trauma is through education, prevention and awareness.  Our education and outreach services include:

  • Advocating for victim rights in different systems and at community events
  • Helping to create system change for the benefit of crime victims
  • Sexual Violence prevention education
  • Community education and training about the effects of crime victimization
  • Outreach to victims at various community locations
  • Organizing Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Human Trafficking Awareness Month, Valentine’s Day and National Crime Victim’s Rights Week activities

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Volunteer

We need dedicated Crisis Response Advocate volunteers. Volunteers are vital to the success of our advocacy programs, and make it possible to staff our Sexual Assault Crisis line 24 hours/ seven days per week. Please contact our Spokane office if you are interested in volunteering.

As a Crisis Response Advocate you will provide phone assistance and accompany victims of sexual assault and other crimes during exams at Spokane area hospitals. You will provide crisis intervention, support, referrals and information to survivors of sexual assault and other crimes, their families and loved ones. To learn more about volunteering, please click here.

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Crisis Response Advocates Needed

Volunteers are vital to the success of our advocacy programs, and make it possible to staff our Sexual Assault Crisis line 24 hours/ seven days per week.

Free training provided with flexible shifts answering the crisis line.

Brews With A Benefit

Thursday August 23rd
5:00-9:00pm
Waddell’s Brewpub & Grille

Join us for a night of fun to benefit LCSNW.
Purchase a $6 custom pint glass & fill it for free.
Hosted by Opes Advisors.

Help victims of sexual assault.
Host a clothing drive.

Restore dignity for survivors of sexual assault leaving the hospital. Make an easy purchase of new clothing & undergarments for survivors who surrender their clothing as evidence.

Need more information?

Contact an office offering this program

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