Sexual Assault Legal Services Program

In our efforts to practice #socialdistancing, the Sexual Assault Legal Services (SALS) program is now conducting remote advocacy for survivors! We are still processing referrals for services, providing safety planning, and contracting with attorneys across the state for civil legal services. If you are an advocate working with a survivor that needs legal assistance, or a survivor interested in our services, please email Ryan, our Specialized Legal Advocate, at rclouse@mcadsv.com for more info.

The Sexual Assault Legal Services Program (SALS) provides direct legal services for survivors of sexual assault. SALS can educate survivors about potential legal remedies and provide legal representation where appropriate.

We can provide legal assistance and/or representation with the following:
• Safety Planning
• Temporary and Permanent Orders of Protection
• Housing (including landlord/tenant issues, public housing, and foreclosure)
• Employment
• Education (Title IX)
• Immigration
• Access to Social Services and Public Benefits
• Privacy Issues
• Criminal Justice Advocacy (crime victim’s rights during investigations and proceedings)
• Financial Issues
• Crime Victim Compensation
• Rape Shield Violations (media protection)
• Name Change

We serve every sex, race, socio-economic status, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, nationality, and immigration status. Survivors will receive services based on greatest need and program capacity.

Our legal services are free, regardless of income, however clients may be responsible for court and out of pocket fees.

Note on Family law:
Family law cases involving domestic violence will not be taken at this time by the Sexual Assault Legal Services Program. If you are working with a survivor of domestic violence and need legal services, please first call the Montana Legal Services Helpline at 1-800-666-6899.

The SALS program cannot accept:
• Tort actions
• Child Protective Services (CPS) investigation or court cases
• Criminal defense of the survivor
• Survivors younger than 11 at time of application
• Family Law

Pro Bono project:
SALS is building a Pro Bono network of private attorneys to work with survivors in order to provide more representation around the state. SALS also appreciates attorneys willing to offer advice when our attorneys are faced with new legal issues.

 

This project was supported by Grant No. 2016-WL-AX-0050 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.