Click here for a memo and update to Indiana’s domestic battery statute, rewritten in 2016.
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.
- ICADV has developed a Self Help Legal Manual for Survivors of Domestic Violence, Sexual Violence and Stalking.
- 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.
- If you are considering filing an appeal in your case and are representing yourself, the Indiana State Bar Association has prepared a handbook on pro se appeals.
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 – this link will go to the MEMBERS ONLY page. Sign in to access the referral packet. Once the forms have been filled out and submitted, ICADV will screen the application to ensure the individual qualifies for assistance. For more information email Legal Counsel Kerry Hyatt Bennett.
Legal services for immigrant survivors
The Immigrant Legal Project was developed to help advocates work with immigrant survivors of domestic violence. To receive assistance from ICADV, advocates need to complete the referral forms. For more information email Immigrant Legal Project Attorney Magdalena Josipovic.
If you are interested in setting up a legal training for your organization or others in your community who work with victims of domestic violence, email ICADV Legal Counsel Kerry Hyatt Bennett.
For attorneys interested in participating in the Satellite Attorney Program, email ICADV Legal Counsel Kerry Hyatt Bennett.
Click here for legal resources for immigrants