Legal advocacy

SAFE’s Legal Advocacy Department provides free and confidential support, court accompaniment, and information about the legal and judicial process to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Our Legal Advocacy services include

SUPPORT & RESOURCES

The Legal Advocates can assist victims of domestic and sexual assault through crisis counseling, advocacy and safety planning. The Legal Advocates can meet with clients at the Superior Courthouse in Hunterdon, at SAFE’s office, or pop-up sites in the community to discuss options for legal protection and direct clients to resources. If you need support from legal advocates call/text (number) to set-up an appointment. ​

COURT ACCOMPANIMENT

SAFE’s Legal Advocates can provide court preparation and accompaniment at the Superior Court of Hunterdon County on Thursdays for individuals who have applied for and received a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) and are going forward with a Final Restraining Order (FRO) hearing. The Legal Advocate can also provide municipal court accompaniment and support at trials for related domestic and sexual violence offenses. ​

LEGAL REFERRALS

Although SAFE’s Legal Advocates are not attorneys and do not provide legal advice, we can refer clients to Legal Services of Northern New Jersey for legal assistance if they meet the low-income requirement or free legal representation for matters of domestic and sexual assault through our pro bono network. We can also provide legal referrals for other matters including immigration, child custody, and divorce. ​

LEGAL ADVOCACY WORKSHOPS

SAFE’s Legal Advocacy Department hosts legal advocacy workshops in conjunction with community legal service organizations on topics such as the Sexual Assault Survivors Protection Act (SASPA), Technology & Domestic Abuse, Title IX & Sexual Assault, and Domestic Violence & the Child welfare system among other areas.

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