New Horizons is encouraging local legal professionals to become advocates for domestic violence survivors with a new program this fall.
Planned for 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Oct. 7, Oct. 21 and Nov. 4 at New Horizons, 1223 Main St., “Donuts, Coffee, & Collaboration” is an informational session for those working in the legal system, and will cover how to help local abuse survivors build a support and safety network.
According to New Horizons, 99% of victims of domestic abuse have also experienced financial abuse, and 75% report financial security was their primary reason for staying in the abusive relationship. Survivors seeking the services of New Horizons “need help in escaping their abuser and living a life free from fear of abuse (and) often need support in navigating the legal systems. Lack of financial resources create a large barrier in using the legal system to seek justice and protection.”
Each session is limited to 10 people, and will feature a presentation from New Horizons advocates on how legal professionals can assist clients with representation for family law cases, protective injunctions, custody cases, civil cases and other areas of law.
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Pre-registration is required. Call Roseanne at 608-791-2610 ext. 1309 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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