Legal Support

Understanding your legal options is important so that you may make an informed decision about any next steps that you want to pursue. 

You can contact the GW Office of Advocacy and Support or the Title IX Office to understand your legal and criminal/civil justice system options.


Civil Protection Orders

In addition to campus-based protective measures, you might want to consider seeking a Civil Protection Order (CPO) through the D.C. Courts. You can seek a protection order in D.C. if you live, work, or go to school in D.C., or if one of the incidents occured in D.C. Information about the procedure for obtaining a CPO is available through the Metropolitan Police Department.


Legal Resources

Network for Victim Recovery of DC:

NVRDC is a local non-profit that provides hospital advocacy, case management, and legal services to all crime victims in DC, including GW students who have experienced sexual assault, intimate partner violence, or stalking. NVRDC's case managers can assist you through obtaining a forensic exam following a sexual assault, accompany you to report to the police, and assist you with applying for crime victims' compensation. NVRDC's attorney can represent you in a criminal case, assist you with obtaining a Civil Protection Order or represent you through GW's Title IX disciplinary process. 


Legal Aid Society:

Legal Aid provides direct representation to clients in four substantive practice areas and also handles appeals on a broad range of poverty law issues through its nationally-recognized Barbara McDowell Appeallate Advocacy Project.

  • Housing Law
  • Domestic Violence/ Family Law
  • Public Benefits
  • Consumer Law 



Ayuda is a non-profit service provider in DC that offers a range of immigration and family law assistance, social services, and language access support for low-income immigrants from anywhere in the world.


DC Lawyer Referral Service:

The Bar Association of the District of Columbia (BADC) offers the only Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) in the District to the community and as a service to its members. The LRS connects people in the community to experienced attorneys by practice area easily and quickly.

To get started simply fill out a quick survey to get matched with a lawyer who specializes in your subject matter. 

Once the survey is completed, the system collects a $39.95 referral fee and sends an email or text message to your potential attorney. The assigned attorney will review the information and reach out to you.

*This is a paid referral service. Individuals pay standard attorney rates once a referral is accepted. For pro bono or free legal services please see the resource information for the Legal Aid Society of DC, the Network for Victim Recovery of DC, and Ayuda


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