Spotlight on Services: Legal Advocacy

Written By: The Women’s Center staff

June 11, 2019

Revised October 9, 2023

In a 2015 study entitled “Supporting Survivors” by the Institute for Policy Integrity, the authors determined that legal advocacy successfully decreases the cycle of domestic abuse. Continuing to this day, we’ve seen this firsthand.  

Advocates at The Women’s Center are trained to help clients understand the legal process and possible outcomes. Advocates can assist with the filing of restraining orders, accompany clients to court hearings and law enforcement interviews, provide referrals to local attorneys and additional community resources, and complete paperwork for programs such as Crime Victim Compensation and Safe At Home applications. 

Legal advocacy can help clients “get their life back,” so to speak, through safety planning and emotional support, making sure that survivors do not have to go through this often-complicated process alone.  

Through our community of committed supporters, we have a number of lawyers who volunteer their time to provide free consultation to our clients on things like divorce, custody and placement, paternity, child support, and immigration. We also have active partnerships with Centro Legal and Legal Action of Wisconsin. These partnerships allow us to make sure our clients are supported and have access to every resource they may need as they navigate this part of their journey. 

Our Advocates are available by phone and in person. Please note that we are not attorneys and do not dispense legal advice.

If you are an attorney who would like to volunteer your time, please call the 24-Hour Hotline at 262.542.3828 and ask to speak with Krystal.

To learn more about legal advocacy and how we can support you, please call our 24-Hour Hotline at 262.542.3828 anytime.