Mar 1, 2019

Legal Information Promotes Safety

WomensLaw is the first and only free, legal resource for survivors of domestic and 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 November 1, 2018, to January 31, 2019, 193,691 people accessed the life-saving information that is housed on WomensLaw.org.

In the past three months (November 2018 through January 2019), we worked directly with 997 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 women and men who write in, and many are grateful for our assistance and support, as below:

“Thank you so much. I will forward this information on to my friend. I suspect that there was both fraud and misrepresentation involved. Now she will have the tools to find good help. Thanks again.” (WomensLaw Email Hotline response, January 2019)

 And:

 “It was the exact amount [of information] I needed in order to take next steps. The speed of response was admirable (especially so near a holiday, the day before Thanksgiving). Thank you!” (WomensLaw Email Hotline, November 2018)

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 in a way that was easy to understand and that will help them move forward even though we cannot provide a person with legal advice. Here is one such reply that we received on the Email Hotline:

“Although I was hoping for a magic answer that could make all this heartache disappear, realistically I knew that would be highly unlikely. With that being said, I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of information given. I felt that someone actually read my long ‘question’ and cared about my situation. I didn't feel as if I had been given a generic brush off response. Thank you for that, I mean it wholeheartedly. When you have been going through hell, a little politeness goes a long way.”(WomensLaw Email Hotline response, December 2018)

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 November 1, 2018, and January 31, 2019, 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 everything we did on WomensLaw.org on our What’s New page: https://www.womenslaw.org/about/news

Thank you for supporting WomensLaw and the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV).

Stay in the loop! Sign up for occasional action alerts and updates from NNEDV at: NNEDV.org/signup

Dec 4, 2018

Legal Information Promotes Safety

WomensLaw is the first and only free, legal resource for survivors of domestic and 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 August 1, 2018, to October 31, 2018, 215,225 people accessed the life-saving information that is housed on WomensLaw.org.

In the past three months (August 2018 through October 2018), we worked directly with 782 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 answer every request as quickly as possible with a thoughtful response that includes individualized resources and information. We frequently correspond several times with the women and men who write in, and many express their gratitude 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:

“Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a detailed response with so many links for additional guidance. This is exactly the kind of help I needed. I will sleep a little better tonight because of the information you provided me. I am so grateful!”

(WomensLaw Email Hotline response, August 2018)

And: 

“I can't tell you how much I appreciate the time you took to so thoroughly investigate and answer my question. Thank you so much!”

(WomensLaw Email Hotline response, October 2018)

We answer questions and provide our expertise on a wide range of topics–including immigration, custody, divorce, relocation, and more. Often, victims or their loved ones are writing in 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 legal information and provided resources in a way that helps them understand their options and provides them with helpful resources to allow them to figure out their next steps, even if they aren’t sure if they will move forward with the legal process. Here is one such reply that we received on the Email Hotline:

 

 

 

“Thank you for your response. I will check the link you have provided and see what I can make of it… In the meantime, I would like to thank you for answering so promptly and for offering information about how things are supposed to work.”

(WomensLaw Email Hotline response, August 2018)

We are constantly updating our website (http://www.WomensLaw.org) – making changes and additions daily. Our priority is to make sure that our legal information is current with changes in the laws while continuing to add new information that would be useful for victims and survivors of abuse. Between August 1, 2018, and October 31, 2018, we made hundreds of changes and updates, such as:

.…And these are just some of the changes and improvements that we made over the past three months! See everything we did on WomensLaw.org on our What’s New page: https://www.womenslaw.org/about/news.

Thank you for supporting WomensLaw and the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV).

Stay in the loop! Sign up for occasional action alerts and updates from NNEDV at: NNEDV.org/signup.

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Sep 12, 2018

Legal Information Promotes Safety

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Legal Information Promotes Safety (August 2018)

WomensLaw is the first and only free, legal resource for survivors of domestic and 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, 2018, to July 31, 2018, 268,604 people accessed the life-saving information that is housed on WomensLaw.org.

In the past three months (May 2018 through July 2018), we worked directly with 653 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 answer every request as quickly as possible with a thoughtful response that includes individualized resources and information. We frequently correspond several times with the women and men who write in, and many express their gratitude 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:

“Once again, thank you for taking the time to respond and provide an in-depth answer as well as alternative suggestions to research and continue on in my endeavor to legally deal with and address the multiple aspects of my particularly complex case. I know in due time and continued effort on my part, I will find assistance and legal resolutions.”

(WomensLaw Email Hotline response, June 2018)

And:

"Thank you for your informative and kind reply. It makes me feel like maybe I will find the right person who can help me settle this important issue in the right way once and for all, and even connect with others who can help each other. I do appreciate it.”

(WomensLaw Email Hotline response, July 2018)

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 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 legal information and provided resources in a way that helps them understand their options and provides them with helpful resources to allow them to figure out their next steps, even if they aren’t sure if they will move forward with the legal process. Here is one such reply that we received on the Email Hotline:

“Thank you so much for your help. I truly appreciate it. I apologize for the delay in my response. I have been unsure whether I will pursue any options, but I still might. Your suggestions will help.”

(WomensLaw Email Hotline response, May 2018)

We are constantly updating our website (http://www.WomensLaw.org) – making changes and additions daily. Our priority is to make sure that our legal information is current with changes in the laws while continuing to add new information that would be useful for victims and survivors of abuse. Between May 1, 2018, and July 31, 2018, 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.

Thank you for supporting WomensLaw and the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV).

Stay in the loop! Sign up for occasional action alerts and updates from NNEDV at: NNEDV.org/signup.

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