Arizona Domestic Violence Legal Assistance Project

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What is the Arizona Domestic Violence Legal Assistance Project?

The Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education administers and coordinates the Arizona Domestic Violence Legal Assistance Project (ADVLAP), which provides free legal assistance to victims of domestic violence and their families through legal service programs and domestic violence programs across Arizona.

How does the legal assistance help victims of domestic violence?

Legal assistance provides protection both to victims in shelters, and to victims and their families who are not in shelters. Legal assistance often provides the tools for these families to become self-sufficient, and work towards long-term safety.

Who provides the legal assistance?

ADVLAP combines the efforts of a powerful partnership which includes, legal services staff attorneys, pro bono volunteer attorneys, and lay advocates located in three legal service programs and fourteen domestic violence programs across the state. (Providers listed here)

What types of legal assistance is provided?

Clients are given legal assistance on a range of civil legal issues so they can become both safe and self-sufficient. Staff attorneys give victims legal advice through individual consultations and group clinics, provide direct representation in complicated cases and refer cases to pro bono private attorneys. Lay advocates provide assistance with safety planning, obtaining orders of protection, self-advocacy, and provide court accompaniment and transportation.

What are the goals and purposes of this service?

The overall goals are to reduce the rate of domestic violence in our communities. The purposes of this service are two-fold: (1) to promote the immediate and long-term safety of domestic violence victims and their children; and (2) to assist victims in becoming self sufficient.

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This project was funded by the Arizona Department of Economic Security, Community Services Administration. Points of view are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the Department. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education must make a reasonable accommodation to allow a person with a disability to take part in a program, service, or activity. For example, this means that if necessary, AZFLSE must provide sign language interpreters for people who are deaf, a wheelchair accessible location, or enlarged print materials. It also means that AZFLSE will take any other reasonable action that allows you to take part in and understand a program or activity including making reasonable changes to an activity. If you believe that you will not be able to understand or take part in a program or activity because of your disability, please let us know of your disability needs in advance if at all possible. Please contact Lara Slifko at 602-340-7235 .