Legal Services + Advocacy
Involvement with the legal system often follows a reported incident of domestic violence or sexual assault. Requesting a protective order is one way to take legal action, but we understand the court system can be difficult to navigate alone. The Center can help.
- Accompany you to court.
- Provide information.
- Offer emotional support.
- Inform you of your rights.
- Connect you with resources.
- Offer legal advice.
- Provide legal representation.
- File orders on your behalf.
- Mediate between disputing parties.
- Disclose information to anyone without your permission.
The Center’s legal advocates attend court hearings to offer survivors of domestic violence or sexual violence direct support. Court can often feel confusing, frustrating, and stressful. The role of our legal advocates is to help survivors understand the court process, safety plan, and alleviate stress. In addition to attending protection order hearings, we have advocates partnered with the Louisville Metro Police Department’s Domestic Violence Unit to help survivors navigate the criminal justice system. Throughout our service area, our advocacy efforts involve engaging courthouse staff, police departments, and other community partners.
To request an advocate to accompany you to a protective order hearing or discuss criminal court arising from domestic or sexual violence, call The Center’s 24/7 information line at 1-844- BE-SAFE1 (1-844-237-2331), 502-581-7222, or 812-944-6743.
The CASE Project:
The CASE Project connects victims of sexual assault and domestic violence with free attorneys. To be eligible under the program, a client must have income less than 200% of the poverty guidelines, have a legal issue which arose from the sexual assault or domestic violence, and the case must be in one of the following Kentucky Counties: Jefferson, Oldham, Shelby, or Bullitt. Common areas of law covered are custody, visitation, foreclosure, eviction, debt issues, car repossession, tax disputes, and government benefits. CASE also provides pro bono representation and advice for students of sexual harassment and assaults under Title IX. Title IX issues may include administrative hearings on campus, housing on campus, right to a safe learning environment, campus no contact orders, stopping harassment, and referrals to law enforcement if wanted (not required).
To see if you’re eligible for a free attorney, contact the CASE Intake Line at 502-773-6403. All calls are confidential and free.
THE CASE PROJECT is a program of the Legal Aid Society in collaboration with the Center for Women and Families, the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs, and the University of Louisville. Funding provided by Grant No. 2014-WL-AX-001 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice.