Guidance in the court system
Our advocates are available to discuss legal options and situations with survivors of domestic violence. Sometimes survivors can be hesitant to take legal action. Taking the steps to call the police or file a police report is not always an easy decision to make. It is important to understand the difficult position the survivor is in when making the decision to take legal action against the abuser. Court advocates are here to deal with human issues in the legal system and to help survivors stay as safe as possible. Survivors need someone to help them weigh the advantages and disadvantages of this significant decision; it is imperative that an advocate help each person with an individualized safety plan.
- Our court advocates have been specially trained to provide assistance to survivors of domestic violence.
- We can maneuver survivors through the complicated criminal and domestic court system and help them to understand the court process.
- Our advocates provide assistance to survivors in obtaining Civil Protection Orders in Domestic Relations Court.
- We can direct survivors to community services for various individual needs.
- Answer questions and assist with necessary paper work, however, we do not give out legal advice
- Work out a personalized safety plan.
- Help prepare survivors for hearings or trial.
- Refer survivors to legal service; possibly help them obtain free legal services.
- Accompany survivors to hearings, providing comfort and support.
- Help separate survivors from the defendant and or the defendant’s family while attending court proceedings.
- Provide education about domestic abuse.
To reach a court advocate In Summit County, please call 330-996-0135 or 330-375-2247.
Ohio Victims’ Rights Booklet
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The following county and municipal court websites contain case information listed by the defendant’s name.