May 25, 2018

Legal Information Promotes Safety

WomensLaw.org - Knowledge is Power
WomensLaw.org - Knowledge is Power

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 February 1, 2018, to April 30, 2018, 207,395 people accessed the life-saving information that is housed on WomensLaw.org.

In the past three months (February 2018 through April 2018), we worked directly with 728 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 to 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 your response. I am checking out everything you sent me. I hope it will be the help we are so desperately needing.”

(WomensLaw Email Hotline response, February 2018)

 And:

“Hi there – I just wanted to thank you for all of your help. I contacted [a justice center]and will be meeting with an advocate next week who knows the ins and outs of the law and who will be with me throughout the entire process and court hearing. Without your help I would still be lost, not knowing who to turn to for help. The service you provided to me is invaluable and I am so very grateful. Once again, thank you!”

(WomensLaw Email Hotline response, April 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 think through what to do next. Here is one such reply that we received on the Email Hotline:

“Thank you so much for the information you provided! It was very helpful and gave me a much better insight to the [legal] process.”

(WomensLaw Email Hotline response, April 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 February 1, 2018, and April 30, 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.

More than 1.2 million visitors in 2017
More than 1.2 million visitors in 2017
It's not the victim's responsibility...
It's not the victim's responsibility...
Mar 1, 2018

Legal Information Promotes Safety

Hotline user2018
Hotline user2018

Legal Information Promotes Safety (February 2018)

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 November 1, 2017, to January 31, 2018, 456,175 people accessed the life-saving information that is housed on WomensLaw.org.

In the past three months (November 2017 through January 2018), we worked directly with 660 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. 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 getting back to me. I am so grateful for the resources you recommended. I sure they will be very helpful. I think the resource for an advocate will be very helpful to help navigate through the system. Thank you so much and Happy Holidays.” (WomensLaw Email Hotline, November 2017)

And:

“Thank you for your help! I will look into the resources that you send over for me to review. This has been very helpful. I also appreciate the quick response. Happy New Year!” (WomensLaw Email Hotline, January 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 and provided resources in a way that helps them understand their options and think through what to do next. Here is one such reply that we received on the Email Hotline from a family member trying to assist her sister:

“I want to thank you for taking the time out to answer all of my queries. This helped me and sister tremendously and I truly appreciate your effort. I will convey the information to my sister and explore her options together. Again, thank you for your reply and good work. I hope you continue doing this for other people who need help. I will let you know if there is any other information I need. Thank you. (WomensLaw Email Hotline response, December 2017)

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, 2017, and January 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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KIP
People reached
People reached

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Nov 27, 2017

Legal Information Promotes Safety

Changes at WomensLaw.org
Changes at WomensLaw.org

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.

On October 24, 2017, we re-launched WomensLaw.org with a whole new look and new features such as a vlog series that explains U visas. And it is now mobile-friendly too!

From August 1, 2017 to October 31, 2017, 322,957 people accessed the life-saving information that is housed on WomensLaw.org.

In the past three months (August through October 2017), we worked directly with 656 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 for your kind words and thoughts. More importantly, for your information. I was lost and discouraged about the process, but you made things clear for me. I’ll now make an effort to get more specifics on my case and take further action to protect myself from future abuse. Thank you.” (WomensLaw Email Hotline response, October 2017)

And: 

“Thank you so much for writing back to me. I read your email at 7:30 am, right when I woke up, a few days ago. I have read it several times since as it has helped me to stay focused and believe in the decision that I have made. Thank you again for writing back, it means a lot right now.” (WomensLaw Email Hotline, September 2017)

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. Here is one such reply that we received on the Email Hotline:

“Thanks for your email! I’m still deciding how I want to move forward, but understanding the situation as clearly as possible has been very helpful to me in terms of processing it. In any case, thanks again for your help! It definitely helped point me in the right direction.” (WomensLaw Email Hotline response, September 2017)

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

New vlogs at WomensLaw.org
New vlogs at WomensLaw.org
New content at WomensLaw.org
New content at WomensLaw.org

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