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In-House Legal Liaison

Abusers often manipulate the court system to continue their pattern of power and control.

When clients understand how the legal system works and what they can realistically expect from it, they become empowered and active participants in the process. At SHALVA, we believe that this knowledge and understanding will help lessen client anxiety or stress.

The Legal Liaison helps a SHALVA client by:

  • Explaining how the legal system works and providing support and information to clients
  • Empowering SHALVA clients to become active participants in the legal process by providing education, information and referrals. The Legal Liaison will not represent clients or handle cases.
  • Meeting with clients to help them understand all aspects of the legal process
  • Translating legal documents for clients
  • Connecting the client, her attorney and her SHALVA therapist, so that the client works more effectively with her attorney
  • Helping clients prepare for meetings with their attorneys
  • Helping with post decree issues

Legal Liaison services are available to SHALVA clients. If you are not a current client or are a former client, you must first meet with a SHALVA therapist for an assessment. To schedule an assessment, call 773-583- HOPE (4673).

Legal Outreach and Education

The Education and Outreach Legal Liaison collaborates with the legal community to address gaps in the legal system on the issues of education, awareness, and access. SHALVA offers continuing legal education programs (CLEs) on issues related to the intersection between domestic abuse and the legal system.

How you can help:

  • Represent SHALVA’s clients. Experienced family law attorneys are always needed.
  • Host an educational program in your law office or at a legal group meeting.

Contact the Outreach and Education Legal Liaison if you are interested in learning more about the program or would like to be involved.

Domestic Violence, ACES and Trauma

Viewing Our Legal Work Through a Trauma Informed Lens
Continuing Legal Education Program

Strategies for Representing Survivors of Domestic Abuse

Our panel of experts discuss best practices in working with these clients, with an understanding of the trauma your clients have experienced.

SHALVA is proud to release its first report of the Legal Program:

Beyond Orders of Protection: Continuing Legal Support for Survivors of Domestic Abuse