As the world continues to fight the spread of the coronavirus, domestic and family violence have intensified.  To combat this increase, Lone Star Legal Aid (LSLA) has taken its outreach efforts online with targeted live presentations.             

LSLA provides virtual presentations for the community where attorneys and community partners provide legal information about the services they offer. The Safe Space, established by LSLA’s Individual Safety Unit, provides legal information and resources for survivors of sexual assault.           

The International Day of the Elimination of Violence against Women’s 2020 theme is Orange the World, Fund, Respond, Prevent and Collect. This specific mission aims to amplify the call for global action, fund money for services for survivors of violence, focus on prevention, and collect data that can accurately improve life-saving services.

In observance of International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, LSLA is proud to affirm its commitment to defending the civil legal rights of women and girls in its service area.      

LSLA’s Individual Safety Unit (ISU) focuses on the civil legal rights of survivors of sexual violence which include sexual harassment, sexual threats or intimidation, child sexual abuse, incest, rape, and human trafficking. This special project is generously supported by the Texas Access to Justice Foundation’s Legal Assistance for Survivors of Sexual Assault (LASSA).

LSLA can provide legal assistance in various ways to improve the lives of survivors. Below you will find examples of legal needs LSLA can help with.

  • Personal safety at home, work or school;
  • Applying for a protective order;
  • Filing for divorce or custody of your children;
  • Transferring to a different school;
  • Keeping medical, mental health, and education records private;
  • Terminating a lease or fighting an eviction;
  • Applying for unemployment benefits, food stamps, Medicaid, or Social Security disability;
  • Applying for crime victim compensation;
  • Fighting payday loans, hospital bills or other creditors; and
  • Fighting identity theft

If you or a loved one is in need of help, you can apply for free legal help online at www.lonestarlegal.org or over the telephone at 1-800-733-8394.

If you or a loved one would like to explore other victim resources, you can visit the Texas Crime Victim Legal Assistance Network.

Free legal forms can be found on www.TexasLawHelp.org.

Lone Star Legal Aid is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit law firm focused on advocacy on behalf of low-income and underserved populations. Lone Star Legal Aid serves millions of people at 125% of federal poverty guidelines that reside in 72 counties in the eastern and Gulf Coast regions of Texas, and 4 counties of southwest Arkansas. Lone Star Legal Aid focuses its resources on maintaining, enhancing, and protecting income and economic stability; preserving housing; improving outcomes for children; establishing and sustaining family safety and stability, health and well‐being; and assisting populations with special vulnerabilities, like those who have disabilities, or who are elderly, homeless, or have limited English language skills. To learn more about Lone Star Legal Aid, visit our website at http://www.lonestarlegal.org.

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