Unique program provides legal information to victims of domestic violence and other crimes in Pennsylvania.
The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV) announced today the launch of PA Safe Law: Providing Civil Legal Information. PA Safe Law is a unique civil legal information program of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV), made possible with grant funding from the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA).
Victims of domestic violence and other crimes in Pennsylvania can access a network of experienced licensed attorneys for free and credible legal information, resources, and referrals for help navigating a variety of civil legal matters including domestic and sexual violence, divorce, custody, immigration, and more. PA Safe Law provides legal information but does not represent clients. For legal information regarding crimes other than domestic violence, PCADV will make referrals to a network of partners which includes:
- Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR)
- Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center (PIRC)
- Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network (PLAN)
“We’re excited about this new resource for victims of crime in Pennsylvania. PA Safe Law is a project that utilizes the expertise of VOCA-funded attorneys in our partner network, all to support those who’ve experienced crime.”Susan Higginbotham, PCADV CEO
PA Safe Law attorneys are available by phone at 1-833-PA-SAFELAW (1-833-727-2335), Monday through Friday, 9 AM – 5 PM. Attorneys are available via live chat during those same hours at PASafeLaw.org. Civil legal information and resources are available anytime at the website.
Additionally, through PA Safe Law, attorneys are offering a series of free, no-fault divorce clinics for survivors of domestic violence and other crimes. Attendees will be provided with information and resources about the process for filing and completing a no-fault divorce and attorneys will help
attendees fill out the appropriate paperwork to file a no-fault divorce in Pennsylvania. When possible, these clinics will be held in the county courthouse allowing attendees who are able, to file the divorce action immediately. Clinics are scheduled for March 19 in Westmoreland County and March 20 in Indiana County.
PASafeLaw is a unique civil legal information program of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV), made possible with grant funding from the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA). This project was supported by subgrant No. 28100 awarded by PCCD, the state administrating office for the Justice Assistance Grant Programs. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of PCCD or the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance. For more information, visit PASafeLaw.org.