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You were a victim of domestic violence or stalking


You may be eligible for unemployment benefits if you had to leave work because you are a victim of domestic violence or stalking.

You must show that it was necessary to leave work to protect yourself or your immediate family members from domestic violence or from stalking. If you want your current address to be confidential, you should not file online. Call the claims center immediately after you quit work and ask the claims specialist about the Address Confidentiality Program.

For more information, read Washington state law regarding domestic violence and stalking.

Applying for benefits

If you are a victim of domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault or trafficking, and you want your current address to be confidential, you should not file online. Instead, call the claims center to apply for benefits. Your mailing address is provided to your former employer and other interested parties.

Call immediately after you leave work. If you are a victim of domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault or trafficking, tell the claims specialist, who will explain the Address Confidentiality Program (ACP) to you. This program is offered through the Washington State Secretary of State’s Office and helps participants keep their home addresses confidential by providing a substitute mailing address. You will then have the option of either filing your claim immediately or researching the ACP further and filing a backdated claim if you enroll.

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