A Woman's Place (AWP) Legal Advocacy Program provides information, legal options, referrals, and support to victims of domestic violence seeking justice through the legal system. Staffed with lay advocates, legal advice is not given, but information is shared about the law, including what legal options are available and how to access legal recourse. Individuals seeking services and support from the Legal Advocacy Program choose what, if any, legal action they wish to take. Advocates do not recommend a particular direction, but will support whatever decision is made while providing information, options counseling, empowerment crisis counseling, emotional support, safety planning, assistance with filing a Protection from Abuse Petition (PFA), and court accompaniment to PFA hearings. AWP’s Legal Advocacy Program partners with the Legal Aid of Southeastern PA in an effort to ensure legal representation for individuals in court.
For more information on the Legal Advocacy Program, please contact Legal Advocacy Manager Carol Gaughan, at 215.348.0445 x102 or Cgaughan@awomansplace.org.