Last year, the Texas Advocacy Project provided legal services to 9,718 Texans, including hundreds of callers seeking information about protective orders for victims of abuse. According to the group, those who receive protective orders are 80 percent less likely to be re-victimized than those who do not.
But for various reasons, victims don’t always receive them.
In an effort to confront the issue, the Texas Advocacy Project’s Protective Order Call Back Initiative enlists retired attorneys to call back victims who have previously worked with the group but have experience obstacles in obtaining protective orders. In support of the cause, the Texas Bar Foundation has announced plans to invest $23,500 in the Protective Order Call Back Initiative.
“Often times, the legal system can be intimidating and challenging,” said Heather Bellino, executive director of the Texas Advocacy Project. “But the Protective Order Call Back Initiative will give us the opportunity to make sure our clients are able to get safe.”