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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.

Community service

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.com/domestic-violence-help.html. In addition to the general advice provided and shared resources, victims can also find a questions and answers section based on previous responses given by a retired judge.

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Mar 6, 2017 10:37 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Part of this issue is the lack of a safety net both within the welfare system and access to counseling services to deal with childhood traumas often physical and sexual abuse as children that create the conditions of vulnerability that facilitate long term domestic abuse cases.
If you work with the welfare population there is a subgroup of women who are childhood sexual abuse victims and who as a result end up in the welfare system .
For most though the welfare system does not work as a means to temporarily escape abusive situations. The disconnect of welfare eligibility and copay scales from actual cost of living in places like Dane make the welfare system here a trap not a means to deal with the loss of a job or the need to escape domestic abuse and restart your life. Plus there are multiple eligibility scales - you can make child care work but then you hit a level where adults can no longer get medicaid. Your job doesn't offer it until you hit a certain number of hours so you don't take the extra hours offered and stay in poverty. These decisions occur daily and are invisible to most business owners and middle class people in Wisconsin. Once we address the core economic disconnects inside many state policies , things will improve.

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