Legal Information Promotes Safety (August 2020)
WomensLaw is the first and only free, legal resource for survivors of domestic & dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking that offers safety and legal information and resources in "plain language" in both English and Spanish. We are dedicated to empowering survivors and their advocates to make informed decisions about their options, safety, and legal remedies.
From May 1, 2020, to July 31, 2020, 634,181 people accessed the life-saving information that is housed on WomensLaw.org.
In the past three months (May 1, 2020, to July 31, 2020), we worked directly with 1252 victims, survivors, and their friends, advocates, or family members through our Email Hotline. This unique hotline offers victims a direct line to ask a question of our attorneys and volunteers, who specialize in domestic violence and the law. We respond to every request as quickly as possible but take time to respond thoughtfully and include individualized resources and information. We frequently correspond back and forth with the individuals who write in, and many are grateful for our assistance and support. We also hear from the advocates providing direct services to victims who use WomensLaw.org to support their clients. Some responses we have received over the Email Hotline are below:
“I can’t thank you enough for all the help and support. The information that you have provided is extremely valuable to me. Thanks for being available to me when no one else was.” (WomensLaw Email Hotline, July 2020)
“Thank you so much for your reply. And thank you for addressing all my questions in such detail. In these desperate times your help means lot. I will be forever grateful to you for this.”
(WomensLaw Email Hotline, June 2020)
We answer questions and provide our expertise on a wide range of topics - including custody, divorce, relocation, and more. Often, victims or their loved ones are writing in to us to get some basic legal information about their situation when they cannot find legal representation. Although we do not provide legal advice, we can explain relevant laws that may help the victim to make an informed decision.
It is especially rewarding when someone tells us that we explained the information and provided resources in a way that helps them understand their options and think through what to do next. Here is one reply that we received on the Email Hotline from a victim trying to better understand their legal options:
“Thank you SO MUCH for the detailed email you sent me. You knew exactly what my concerns are and the issues I was trying to factor in my decision. Again, THANK YOU SO MUCH for taking the time to write that email. Just reading it made me feel so much calmer.”
(WomensLaw Email Hotline response, May 2020)
We are constantly updating our website (http://www.WomensLaw.org) – making changes and additions to it daily. Our priority is to make sure that the legal information that we have is current with changes in the laws and to continue to add new information that would be useful for victims and survivors of abuse. Between May 1, 2020 and July 31, 2020, we made hundreds of updates, such as:
.…and these are just a handful of the changes and improvements that we made over the past three months! See them all here on our What’s New page: https://www.womenslaw.org/about/news
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