Not everyone is safer at home.
Many factors lead us to believe that the number of survivors we assist is likely to rise due to the COVID pandemic. Statistically, during times of disaster and crisis, intimate partner violence increases and the severity escalates. While shelter in place mandates are necessary, isolation is often the first ingredient abusers use to control victims. Rising unemployment and financial fears also contribute to a spike in abuse.
Free legal services for survivors are now more critical than ever.
The Texas Advocacy Project team continues to assist in safety planning, emergency protective orders, advice and counsel, court and document preparation and filing, and representation- everything we have always done. We are uniquely prepared to provide services to survivors through secure virtual technology we have been using since 2007. We provide Virtual Legal Clinics (FREE, confidential, face-to-face consultations with attorneys online) to survivors in domestic violence shelters across Texas. For survivors whose hearings will be conducted virtually, they will be represented by attorneys well versed in this medium.
Funding is our greatest barrier to pushing forward and continuing to serve the thousands that count on us every year. One major fundraiser has already been cancelled and others are in jeopardy of underperforming to projections, due to this pandemic.
If you are in a safe home, we encourage you to give what you can to help us continue to provide life-saving resources to survivors during this critical time.