Legal Services and Advocacy
Whether you are planning to leave the relationship or are not quite ready, Life Crisis Center can help.
We understand that victims must calculate their risks. The most dangerous period of time for a victim of Relationship Abuse is when he or she chooses to leave the relationship. Our Legal Services and Advocacy Program can help to guide you, increase your safety, provide support, and offer tools for empowerment.
Legal and Advocacy Program: Our Advocates can provide you with short term and long term safety planning, along with information and referral. Advocates can help to empower and encourage you to make well informed decisions on your own.
Safety Planning: A safety plan
is a personalized and practical plan for reducing the risk of being hurt. It helps you to identify things you can do to better protect you and your children at home, school, work, and in the community. Your safety plan can change at any time, it is an evolving process based upon your individual situation.
Court Advocacy/Accompaniment: LCC Advocates can describe what can be expected during court proceedings and help you navigate your way through the court system. They can provide you with information about the court case, including civil restraining orders and criminal protective orders, to help you make informed decisions. A court advocate does not provide legal advice or represent you in court.
Ways an LCC Advocate can help:
- Courtroom advocacy for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and dating violence in protective order hearings.
- Emergency room accompaniment for Rape and Domestic Violence Victims.
- Accompaniment to the Commissioner's' Office and to interviews with Law Enforcement
- Assistance with Victim Impact Statements
- Assistance with Maryland Injuries Compensation Board Application
Legal Services and Representation: We provide legal representation for eligible victims of intimate partner violence, at low or no cost.
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This project is supported by a grant from the Maryland Judiciary’s Department of Juvenile and Family Services