Legal lift for domestic violence victims
Working with a number of Madison-area attorneys to offer pro bono legal assistance, DAIS is able to address a primary reason domestic violence victims often stay with their abuser — economic dependence.
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Support at work
Because money is a primary concern for many domestic violence victims, the last thing he or she needs is to worry about job security because of a need to take care of legal matters.
“The most important thing that an employer can do to support an employee with legal proceedings is to be flexible and allow them time — paid or unpaid, depending on the employer’s policies — away from work to meet with their attorney or legal advocate and to attend hearings,” Barry notes.
Since 1977, DAIS has offered a wide array of crisis intervention and community education/prevention programs, including a 24-hour Help Line, programming for children from violent homes, legal advocacy, support groups, emergency safety planning, prevention programming, community education, and the only emergency domestic violence shelter for all of Dane County.
In 2016, DAIS handled over 17,000 calls to its Help Line, fielded over 1,000 face-to-face contacts with people seeking services, and provided legal advocacy services to over 350 Dane County victims.
All DAIS services are free and confidential. The DAIS Help Line can be reached 24/7 at (608) 251-4445.
Additional legal resources
Legal guidance to victims is also available at http://www.injuryclaimcoach.
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