Project Safeguard is a non-profit organization that provides safety planning, legal advocacy, and direct court support to victims of domestic violence and abuse, ensuring their safety and survival.
What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence is a pattern of behavior used to establish power and control over another person through fear and intimidation, often including the threat or use of violence. Domestic violence can include physical abuse, emotional abuse, economic abuse, and sexual abuse. Batterers use threats, intimidation, isolation, and other behaviors to maintain power over their victims.
Domestic violence impacts everyone, regardless of gender, income, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or religion. It is estimated that 1 in 3 women will be a victim of domestic violence in their lifetimes.
What is Legal Advocacy?
Project Safeguard’s specially trained advocates help victims of domestic abuse and their families navigate the often confusing court system. These Legal Advocates provide victims with all the paperwork they need to petition for a protection order, help them prepare to go to court without an attorney, attend hearings with the victim, affect services of court documents to the defendant, make referrals to community agencies for additional support and discuss additional safety options.
In addition to individual legal advocacy, Project Safeguard works at a systemic level to hold systems and society accountable for their response to incidences of Domestic Violence through its CourtWatch program and community collaborations.