More help is on the way for DV victims in Winnebago County

Christine Ann logoThe Wisconsin Access to Justice Commission is pleased to announce that a $100,000 subgrant has been awarded to the Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services in Oshkosh to fund legal representation for domestic violence victims in that area. The subgrant proposal was developed through a collaboration between the ATJ Commission, the Christine Ann Center, the Winnebago Family Court Commissioner’s Office, and the Winnebago County Bar Association. The subgrant of STOP funds from the Director of State Courts Office will be used to help pay private attorneys who have been trained to represent abuse victims who already receive other support services from Christine Ann.

The ATJ Commission worked with partners in Winnebago County to develop a project proposal that builds upon a successful all-volunteer restraining order clinic already operating in Winnebago County. It is anticipated that over 100 victims will be served by this project and it offers the opportunity to examine closely the economic, social and judicial outcomes of providing representation in these types of cases. The program is expected to be in operation by September 2015.

The purpose of the Winnebago County project is to measure and evaluate the cost and effectiveness of providing attorneys to represent victims in family law cases that involve domestic violence.

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The return on investing in access to justice

This story in the National Law Journal is just the latest example of how legal services programs and even legal services funding organizations are emphasizing the social “return on investment” that is generated by the work that they do. From the article: Page 14 of Legal Services Corp.’s proposed 2014 budget request to Congress bears the face of a 7-month-old infant wearing a baby helmet to form his skull. He represents a boy (identified by …

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