Arizona Domestic Violence Legal Assistance Project
What is the Arizona Domestic Violence Legal Assistance Project?
The Arizona Domestic Violence Legal Assistance Project (the Project), coordinated by the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education, provides free legal assistance to victims of domestic violence and their families through three legal service programs and fourteen domestic violence programs across Arizona.
How does the legal assistance help victims of domestic violence?
Legal assistance provides protection and the tools for self-sufficiency to victims and their families. An order of protection may be obtained for immediate protection. Assistance with family law matters, such as divorce, paternity and custody, may help with long-term protection. Legal assistance on housing, consumer and benefit cases helps victims and their families become self-sufficient.
Who provides the legal assistance?
The Project combines the efforts of a powerful partnership that includes legal services staff attorneys and paralegals, pro bono volunteer attorneys, and lay advocates located in civil legal aid programs and domestic violence programs across Arizona. Over 65 staff provides assistance through the Project. (The service providers are listed on the back.)
Staff attorneys give victims legal advice through individual consultations and group clinics, provide direct representation in complicated cases and refer cases to pro bono volunteer attorneys. Lay advocates provide assistance with safety planning, obtaining orders of protection, self-advocacy, and provide court accompaniment and transportation.
Who is currently eligible?
Services are available to victims of domestic violence whose annual income does not exceed 250% of the federal poverty level. (This is about $38,150 per year for a parent with two children)
Who has received services?
In the first 39 months of operation, almost 18,952 victims received legal assistance from attorneys and paralegals, and over 5,029 victims received assistance from lay advocates in domestic violence programs.
Under the American with Disabilities Act, Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and 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 .