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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.

The PALS Project

Project Safeguard is participating in an important multi-year project to help improve the services provided to victims of crime in Denver.

What is PALS?
• Through the PALS Project, we are trying to learn more about the legal service needs of crime victims in Denver.

What does PALS involve?
• A voluntary and confidential survey that takes about 30 minutes.
• The survey asks questions about legal service needs; experiences trying to get legal services; and suggestions for improving legal services.
• To thank you for your time, you will receive your choice of a $10 gift certificate to Target (sent to you by mail) or Amazon.com (sent to you by email).

Who can participate in PALS? If you are 18 or older, you are invited to participate if you:
• Experienced a crime or know someone well (such as a loved one) who experienced a crime. Please ask for the PALS Crime Survey.
• Work with crime victims (or their loved ones) as part of your job. Please ask for the PALS Professional Survey.

To fill out the PALS survey, please call 303.871.7407,
or email legalstudy@du.edu

When you call/email:
• Tell us whether you want to fill out the Crime or Professional Survey.
• Tell us if you want a paper copy of the survey sent to your mailing address or a link to an online survey sent to your email.

Who is conducting this study?
• Anne P. DePrince, Ph.D., and the Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center are conducting this study, which is funded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. This study will help us understand what is easy or hard about trying to get legal help in the Denver area after a crime.
• Your choice to participate or not has no effect on your access to legal services. For more information about PALS, please contact (303.871.7407), (legalstudy@du.edu) at (ATTN: Anne DePrince, Department of Psychology, 2155 S. Race Street, Denver CO 80208).

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.