For survivors of domestic violence
One of the biggest challenges is finding competent and affordable legal assistance when you decide to leave an abuser. But there is help.
- To obtain a protective order, free legal help in MARION COUNTY is available through the Center for Victim and Human Rights. To be considered for assistance, complete the intake questionnaire. It’s free for those who qualify.
- For emergency legal assistance STATEWIDE, survivors can access legal services through ICADV’s Satellite Attorney program by contacting their local domestic violence advocate. Click here to find advocates throughout Indiana.
- For non-emergency situations, find an attorney in your area by contacting the local bar association in your county. For a complete contact list, click here.
- ICADV worked with the Indiana Pro Bono Commission to train the pro bono volunteers it recruits to effectively work for and on behalf of low income survivors of domestic violence in their civil cases. To find out more about the Indiana Pro Bono Commission and its 12 Districts, and to find out what district you are in and how to apply for services, click here.
- Not all legal cases require representation. If you are interested in learning more about going to court and representing yourself (also called “pro se” representation), click here.
For general, limited legal information and advice, email ICADV Legal Counsel Kerry Hyatt Bennett, JD or Immigrant Legal Project Attorney Magdalena Josipovic, JD . They work with member programs and the clients they represent.
Legal services for emergency hearings available from satellite attorney program
If you are working with a survivor with an emergency legal issue (such as a protection order where the offending party is represented by counsel), we can provide help by referring a local or regional attorney who can come and assist. ICADV will pick up their tab on a modest means level AND pay the costs of travel for the survivor.
A survivor can only receive this referral through a domestic violence program. This is to ensure a program can provide, or refer the survivor to, other supportive services they may need.
To participate, a program must first document each case in a referral form. Click here for the referral packet. With that information, we can refer you to an attorney for assistance.
If you are interested in setting up a training for your organization or others in your community who work with victims of domestic violence, email ICADV Legal Counsel Kerry Hyatt Bennett.
Click here for legal resources for immigrants