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Texas Advocacy Project
Last updated on July 15, 2013

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Texas Advocacy Project (formerly Women's Advocacy Project) is a state-wide nonprofit law firm providing legal services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Our 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.

Description:
The Project has created several pioneering programs:

Our toll-free Hotline provides free legal assistance on a variety of concerns related to family law, domestic violence, and sexual assault.

The Project's Emergency Protective Order Program helps victims of domestic violence obtain the legal security they need to protect themselves and their family. Project attorneys in the EPO Program are housed at the Travis County Criminal Justice Complex and work with both the Austin Police Department and the Travis County Sheriff’s Office.

The Project’s Assisted Pro Se Program provides extended legal advice and prepares necessary legal documents specifically for the participant with instructions on how to proceed pro se.

Our Pro Se Protective Order packet, which was noted by the American Bar Association in 1996, allows victims to represent themselves in Protective Order hearings. The packet targets traditionally underserved populations, such as the Spanish-speaking community and those in rural areas where free legal assistance is not available. In 2003, The Project’s Executive Director was appointed to a task force by the Texas Supreme Court which was charged with producing a Protective Order packet that could be used throughout the state. The Project played a central role in the development of these forms which were released in the fall of 2004.

Our Legal Access Initiative provides free training, technical support and consulting to judges, prosecutors, law enforcement, family and sexual violence victim advocates and allied professionals in communities throughout Texas. The LAI team coordinates professional education seminars and identifies networking opportunities. LAI also provides a Spanish-track for Promotoras (Community Health Workers) in South Texas focusing on the dynamics of family violence and legal options for immigrant victims of family violence.

The Teen Justice Initiative advocates for survivors of teen dating violence by: collaborating with groups working on domestic violence and sexual assault; increasing awareness of legal rights among young people, parents, schools, and the community; providing free and confidential legal advice and referrals to victims of teen dating violence in Texas; and providing legal representation to minors seeking protective orders in central Texas.

The LGBT Initiative seeks to raise awareness among the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender community that domestic violence and sexual assault occur in the LGBT community too. Texas Advocacy Project is here to help all Texans lead a life free of abuse, regardless of sexual orientation.

History:
Texas Advocacy Project was started by three young lawyers in 1982 as Women’s Advocacy Project, a legal hotline. Shortly after publicizing its toll-free number, the Project was deluged with calls from women in abusive situations, trying to understand how the legal system could help them escape. Although originally operating as a general legal hotline, it quickly became apparent to Project attorneys that the predominant reason women needed legal advice was domestic violence.

By the early 1990s, with specialized knowledge in domestic violence legal issues, and a victim-empowering philosophy, the agency had evolved into a critical player in providing services to domestic violence victims throughout the state. By 2002, the Project had officially expanded their services to include victims of Sexual Assault.


Contact person: Volunteer Coordinator, (email)


Office fax number: (512) 476-5773

Address:

 PO Box 833
Austin, TX 78767
This location is handicap accessible

Web Site: http://www.texasadvocacyproject.org

Directions:

 We are located in downtown Austin. Due to the sensitive nature of our work, we cannot publish our physical address.
  Nearest Metro/Subway Stop: NA,
  Walk distance (in minutes): NA
  Nearest Bus Stop: NA, NA minute walk
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Last updated on July 15, 2013

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