Domestic Violence

Legal aid makes a huge difference in the lives of low-income individuals facing domestic violence. Attorneys help victims seeking protective and restraining orders against their abusers. They also assist with other legal issues that frequently confront people experiencing domestic violence...Read more
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Leanne,* a 37-year-old housewife and mother of three kids, had been involved in an abusive marriage for 15 years. Leanne knew she had to escape after her husband slammed her head against the wall and choked her so hard she passed out in front of the kids. When her oldest son tried to help, he was...Read more
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Maria was referred to the Northwest Colorado Legal Services Project (NCLSP) by the women’s shelter where she was staying with her children. Her husband brought her to America and did not allow her to leave their home during the ten years of their marriage. Maria fled to the shelter and sought a...Read more
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After enduring a physically abusive relationship, Rebecca* was shocked when the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS) determined that she had committed child abuse and threatened to take away her children. DCFS began the investigation as the result of a report when Rebecca...Read more
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Rebecca*, a young mother, was trapped in an abusive marriage. One night, Rebecca’s husband became angry with her. He began pushing her, banging her head into walls, and slamming her onto the floor. Rebecca tried to sneak out of the house after her husband calmed down. He caught her and attacked her...Read more
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Mrs. Thomas,* a mother of six children, was married to an extremely violent man. The violence was horrific. Mrs. Thomas' husband once made her and their two eldest daughters stand in a pile of broken glass while he beat them. The abusive spouse also isolated them from the outside world: Mrs. Thomas...Read more
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Mrs. Thomas,* a mother of six children, was married to an extremely violent man. The violence was horrific. Mrs. Thomas' husband once made her and their two eldest daughters stand in a pile of broken glass while he beat them. The abusive spouse also isolated them from the outside world: Mrs. Thomas...Read more
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Mai* is a young Hmong-American mother who speaks limited English. She decided to leave Wisconsin with her child to escape an abusive marriage, fleeing to Minneapolis, MN. In Minneapolis, Mai obtained a restraining order against her husband and was granted temporary sole legal custody of their child...Read more
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Annie* first contacted Legal Aid of West Virginia (LAWV) for help through the Children’s Education Law project. Rhonda McCormick, LAWV’s project advocate, assisted Annie in obtaining an appropriate Individualized Educational Plan for Annie’s daughter, who has a behavioral health diagnosis that was...Read more
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Leanne* married a man who was once charming, fun and loving. However, after the honeymoon phase she began to experience physical, emotional, verbal, and financial abuse. “He was like Jekyll and Hyde,” Leanne said. Things became even worse when Leanne learned she had stage four cancer. Shockingly,...Read more