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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.

Pro Bono Restraining Order Project

The Pro Bono Restraining Order (PBRO) Project is a collaboration between the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV) and many Connecticut firms committed to providing quality legal representation to victims of domestic violence. It has been operating since January 2021 and is currently in Hartford, Rockville, and Norwich and quickly expanding to other areas. We are asking lawyers across all practices to support this crucial initiative!
For questions, contact PBRO Project Coordinator, Katie Hieatt at khieatt@ctcadv.org or 959.202.5054.

For more information about our legal advocacy services, please contact Geralyn O’Neil-Wild, Director of Legal Advocacy, at (959) 202-5018 or gwild@ctcadv.org or Rhonda Morra, Director of Legal Advocacy, at rmorra@ctcadv.org or (959) 202-5011.

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If you need help or just someone to talk to, please visit CTSafeConnect.org or call or text (888) 774-2900. Advocates available 24/7.

Si necesitas información o si solo quieres conversar con alguien, por favor visite CTSafeConnect.org o llamada or texto (888) 774-2900. Los consejeros estará disponible las 24 horas del día, los siete días de la semana.