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Legal Advocacy

The civil and criminal court system can often be overwhelming and difficult to maneuver especially if your life has been impacted by domestic violence. CCADV funds positions in each of the domestic violence agencies located throughout the state to support victims of domestic violence with navigating through these systems. These advocates help to facilitate advocacy for victims of domestic violence both in the court system and in the community.

The advocates, referred to as Family Violence Victim Advocates (FVVAs), cannot give legal advice or predict the outcome of a case, but they can provide specialized support and advocacy which will allow a survivor to participate in the court system and get the individualized protections s/he need to be safe. The advocates listen, provide information about civil and criminal court proceedings, explain what options are available, explore with the victim how each option may affect their safety and assist the victim with developing an individualized safety plan. Advocates are also the primary source of information and connection for the victim to the larger community and will provide referrals to other helpful services.

Advocates provide:

  • Information regarding the civil and criminal court process;
  • Information about criminal protective orders and assist with civil restraining orders;
  • Telephone and/or in-person counseling, including support in designing and implementing safety plans;
  • Referrals to domestic violence programs for shelter and other support services;
  • Referrals to appropriate community based and state agencies for services including legal assistance;
  • Referrals to services for children and dependents of the survivor;
  • Information and assistance regarding the application for criminal injuries compensation;
  • Information and assistance with the application for Connecticut’s address confidentiality program; and,
  • Information, emotional support and on-going services throughout the court process.

For more information about our legal advocacy services, please contact Geralyn O’Neil-Wild, Director of Legal Advocacy, at (860) 282-7899 or gwild@ctcadv.org.