Victim Assistance/Legal Representation Program

Services

Safe Alliance's Victim Assistance/Legal Representation Program (VA/LRP) assists victims of domestic violence who seek Domestic Violence Protective Orders (DVPO).  Those seeking DVPOs have been recently assaulted or threatened.  Court Advocates provide crisis intervention and safety planning services, and help victims complete the application for the emergency DVPO.  Advocates accompany victims to court, educating them about the court process and providing emotional support during court proceedings.  Advocates support all victims they encounter in the courtroom, regardless of whether that victim worked with Safe Alliance to file the DVPO.  Staff and pro bono attorneys provide free legal representation and court advocacy to those seeking a one-year DVPO, and to those seeking to renew an expiring DVPO.

DVPOs are essential components of many victims' safety plans, and can greatly impact a victim's ability to live independently from an abuser.  DVPOs can determine temporary child custody arrangements as well as a range of financial outcomes, such as who maintains the right to live in a shared home, who will retain possession of a vehicle, and who will pay mortgage and health insurance fees.  Absent effective advocacy and legal representation, the lack of a court order can leave a victim destitute. 

Through the VA/LRP, victims of domestic violence increase safety for themselves and their children, and are empowered and supported as they navigate a challenging and often intimidating legal system.

Location
720 E. Fourth Street, Suite 204
Charlotte, NC 28202

Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 8:00AM-5:00PM
Contact Information
Phone:  704-336-4126
Fax: 704-336-4416

Please note:  Clients must arrive by 3:00PM to ensure same day completion and filing of paperwork with the court. 

In an emergency please dial 911

To reach a domestic violence or rape crisis hotline 24/7 call the appropriate number below

Mecklenburg and Lake Norman
Domestic Violence Crisis Line:
704 332 2513
Mecklenburg and Lake Norman
Rape Crisis Line:
704 375 9900
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