Purpose: The purpose of the Statewide Legal Advocacy Network is to create a safe and supportive place for legal advocates serving in shelter and outreach agencies to network about the issues surrounding the role of helping victims of domestic violence access the legal system.

Mission: The Mission of the Statewide Legal Advocacy Network is to communicate resources, skills and ideas among legal advocates serving in shelter and outreach agencies for developing programs that promote the safety of persons affected by domestic violence, hold abusers accountable, encourage the sensitive and thorough response of agents in the judicial system, and diligently work for positive change at all levels of government.

Publications

  • Pro Se Protective Order Packet
  •  The Texas Advocacy Project compiled a list of recommended readings for advocates, attorneys, and survivors. This list includes a list of books on expert testimony, expert witnesses, and survivors of domestic violence in the legal system. Click here for a list of recommended readings.
Helpful Resources 

Self-Paced Webinars offered through the Texas Council on Family Violence. Recent webinars related to Legal Advocacy include; Family Violence Laws in Texas, 83rd Legislative Session Update, Survivors Rights in the Child Protective Services System.

Statutes in Texas

Texas Advocacy Project  (TAP) is a non profit organization working directly with victims, shelters, law enforcement agencies and courts across Texas to deliver effective legal services to Texans in need. Their services are free of charge and provide the type of long-term solutions which break the cycle of violence for thousands of Texans each year. TAP accepts clients without regard to ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or county of residence. They have English and Spanish-speaking attorneys and utilize a language interpretation service available around the clock, allowing them to give legal advice in over 170 languages. The Project also employs a service for deaf callers. Phone: (512)476-5377

Texas Crime Victims’ Compensation helps victims and their families when they have no other means of paying for the financial cost of crime. The Fund is administered by the Crime Victims’ Compensation Program of the Office of the Attorney General. The money in the Fund comes from people who break the law.  State-wide: (800)983-9933 Austin (512)936-1200

TexasLawHelp.Org is a website dedicated to providing free, reliable legal information to low-income Texans.  It is part of a broader effort within the national legal aid community to use technology, specifically the Internet, to enhance and expand the delivery of legal aid.

Womens Law.Org provides state-specific legal information and resources for survivors of domestic violence. They also offer a confidential email legal hotline to offer direct support to survivors, their advocates, friends and family members.

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) is a non-profit organization that provides free legal services to low-income residents in sixty-eight counties of Southwest Texas, and represents migrant and seasonal farm workers throughout the state of Texas and six southern states: Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas. In addition, TRLA operates public defender programs in several Southwest Texas counties, representing the poor who are accused of felonies, misdemeanors and juvenile crimes. Phone: (888)988-9996

Lone Star Legal Aid is the fourth largest legal aid organization of its type in the United States. LSLA has a proud tradition of successful client-centered work, and, historically, the firm has won victories that affect not only the client who initially presented with a particular issue, but groups of low-income people on community, state, and national levels when the firm’s actions have resulted in systemic policy and procedural changes, such as public housing desegregation and health care access for children.Phone: (800)733-8394

Catholic Charities provides a comprehensive network of social services aimed at promoting and facilitating self-sufficiency. They offer support and opportunities that empower people and communities to grow and thrive.

The Crime Victims Committee is a standing committee of the State Bar of Texas. Its purpose is to educate the legal profession and the public about legal and social resources available to crime victims. (800) 204-2222, ext. 1855

The Hotline, also known as the National Domestic Violence Hotline, is a nonprofit organization that provides crisis intervention, information and referral to victims of domestic violence, perpetrators, friends and families. The Hotline answers a variety of calls and is a resource for domestic violence advocates government officials, law enforcement agencies and the general public.(800)-799-SAFE (7233) or (TTY) (800)-787-3224

 Love is Not Abuse Liz Claiborne’s teen dating violence website has great information for both, those living with violence and their friends and family.

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s website contains current information for survivors and those dealing with violence.

The Family Violence Prevention Fund website provides materials which can be ordered, including “No Excuse for Abuse” materials and health care provider brochures.

The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence’s website features various publications and resources for organizations and individuals working to end domestic violence.

The National Center for Victims of Crime information site includes materials on domestic violence, stalking and sexual assault.

 Womens Law provides legal information website, including referrals and detailed protective/restraining order information, state by state.

How to join: CANs are made up of TCFV individual members.  If you’d like to join LAN, click here to become a TCFV member.  Please indicate on your application that you are interested in learning more about LAN.

Already a TCFV individual member? Great!  Contact membershipmatters@tcfv.org for information about joining LAN.