Court Advocacy

WCA Court AdvocatesCourt Advocacy Services

The WCA provides assistance to petitioners seeking protection orders in Ada County. Trained advocates help with filling out petitions, provide an educational orientation, and offer support during the court process. Additional services include court accompaniment to civil or criminal proceedings and legal referrals. We take serious precautions to protect your confidentiality. For more information, please contact the 24-hour Domestic Abuse Hotline 208.343.7025 or WCA Court Advocate Manager at 208.343.3688 ext. 20.

Protection Orders

A Domestic Abuse Protection Order is a civil court order that restricts contact between a victim of domestic violence and the person who is abusive.

An attorney is not required to file a petition and there is no filing fee. Petitions are available free of charge at the clerk’s office on the first floor of the Ada County Courthouse. You may also download the petition.

If you have questions or would like to see if an advocate is available to assist you with completing the paperwork please contact the WCA Victim Advocate (located at FACES) at 208.577.4498 or the WCA Court Advocate Manager at 208.343.3688 ext. 20.

Legal Referrals

Victims of domestic violence and sexual assault may qualify for pro-bono legal services in the areas of divorce and/or custody. WCA Court Advocate Manager completes assessments and provides guidance to clients seeking legal assistance and will refer qualifying clients to Idaho Legal Aid Services, Idaho Volunteer Lawyers, and private attorneys. Please call 208.343.3688 ext. 20 for more information and to schedule an appointment.

Victim Attorney Services

The WCA Court Advocacy Program partners with local, licensed attorneys to provide free 1:1 consultations for victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault to discuss legal proceedings, review paperwork, and/or provide guidance or coaching. Appointments are onsite at the WCA. Please call 208.343.3688 ext. 20 for more information.