Women's Advocacy Project, Inc.
Advocacy Project, Inc.
a statewide, nonpro$t, legal organization with amission to provide free legal advice, expand legal education, and promote access tojustice for Texas women in need.
The Women's Advocacy Project was established
to respond to the needsof countless women across Texas with questions about their legal rights. Today,the women and children of Texas still have a great need for these services.
organized into six major program areas:1. Family Violence and Legal Line
General Legal HotlineProject attorneys answer statewide toll-fiee legal hotlines and provide assistance to women on avariety of legal concerns including domestic violence, family law issues, consumer problems,housing disputes and employment discrimination.
Emergencv Legal Services CenterCenter attorneys represent survivors of domestic abuse in family law cases when other serviceproviders have turned them away and they cannot afford to hire a private attorney.
Familv Violence Protection TeamProject attorneys help victims of domestic violence obtain emergency and long term protectiveorders. Team partners include the Austin Police Department, Travis County SheriffsDepartment, Legal Aid of Cenwal Texas, Travis County Attorney's Office, Safeplace, and theWomen's Advocacy Project.4. Emergencv Advocacv HotlineThe Project's Advocate assists survivors of domestic abuse, Texas shelters, and other serviceproviders with in-depth problem solving of the various complicated issues that affect batteredwomen's safety and security.
Pro Se Protective Order PromamDeveloped by the Project in 1994, the Pro Se Protective Order packet primarily serves rural andSpanish-speaking women who don't have the resources to retain a private attorney and areunable to obtain services in their area. Each year hundreds of women are empowered to take thefirst step towards ensuring their safety and their children's safety by obtaining a protective order.
Battered Women Defendants ProiectThe Battered Women Defendants Project provides training, case planning, and technicalassistance to Texas trial lawyers who are representing domestic violence survivors as defendantsin criminal actions. This year the Project is produc&g a resource manual that will be distributedto trial attorneys statewide.