Legal Help for Domestic Violence Victims

by National Network to End Domestic Violence
Legal Help for Domestic Violence Victims
Legal Help for Domestic Violence Victims
Legal Help for Domestic Violence Victims
Legal Help for Domestic Violence Victims
Legal Help for Domestic Violence Victims
Legal Help for Domestic Violence Victims
Dec 1, 2020

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, 2020, to October 31, 2020, 774,167 people accessed the life-saving information that is housed on WomensLaw.org.

In the past three months (August 2020 through October 2020), we worked directly with 1,140 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:


“I was almost brought to tears knowing that someone sat down and really read my words and understood my situation. The response was very clear, thoughtful and thorough.” (WomensLaw Email Hotline response, August 2020)

And:

“You have done more than you will ever know. I sincerely mean this. I truly thank you for all the support and information you have given me. I am sure you are swamped on your end as well. (My apologies, but I am spreading the word about you guys!)” (WomensLaw Email Hotline response, October 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 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 writes in and we are able to make them feel heard and understood. Here is one such reply that we received on the Email Hotline:

“I believe that the answers were very informative and I felt my question was heard and was carefully answered. The amount of detail given was great it pointed me in the right direction with more than one option.” (September 2020)


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, 2020, and October 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.

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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