BENEFITING: Texas Advocacy Project Inc
Who We Are
Established in 1982 as a non-profit, Texas Advocacy Project’s (The Project) mission is to prevent domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking throughout Texas through FREE legal services, access to the justice system, and education. Our attorneys, staff, volunteers, and Board of Directors are committed to advancing our vision that all Texans live safely in hope, not fear.
In 2016, The Project provided legal services in 5,979 cases, serving 14,603 Texans in 174 counties; those that represent the majority of the state’s population. In addition, The Project provided training resources to 1,659 judges, prosecutors, crime victim services personnel, legal advocates, medical professionals, educators, and others. The Project also assisted 5,404 clients and their children with a range of services such as safety planning and help in accessing Crime Victims’ Compensation funds and Texas Victim Information & Notification Everyday (VINE) services & registration.
What We Do
In 2016, the youngest client we helped was 3 years old, and the eldest client was 87.
Last year, of the cases we closed, 184 involved a client who was 19 years old or younger.
The attorneys who staff our statewide toll-free Legal Lines (1-800-374-HOPE) provide initial consultations and legal advice to victims of domestic & dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. In 2016, we answered 10,552 calls.
Our Assisted Pro Se (APS) services provide individualized legal assistance to victims in counties all over Texas. Attorneys prepare customized legal documents for protective orders and divorces, offer on-going legal advice about the court process, and give detailed instructions to the client about pro se (self) representation. In 2016, we closed 422 Assisted Pro Se cases and helped 1187 victims and family members.
Partnering with Austin Police Department, Project attorneys provide Emergency Protective Order (EPO) services which assist victims we serve following the arrest of an offender. Using trauma informed skills, we contact victims and offer assistance with safety planning and obtaining an EPO. In 2016, The Project helped 1,038 people receive an EPO, impacting 2,107 household members.
The Project hosts Virtual Legal Clinics at shelters from Texarkana to Abilene. Our attorneys hold office hours for shelter clients using a proprietary secure video conferencing portal- in essence becoming their in house counsel.
We provide Direct Representation for the most lethal and complex circumstances. Last year we closed 36 of these cases. When patterns of injustice emerge in various Texas counties, our direct representation cases become opportunities for us to apply Impact Litigation, affecting countless others who otherwise would have faced extreme barriers.
We continue to provide outreach and trainings to Universities throughout the State in order to help this at-risk community understand their rights when a sexual assault occurs. When needed we provide comprehensive civil legal services to survivors so that they may become safe.
Why We Need Your Help
In 2016 there were roughly 200,000 reported cases of domestic violence in Texas alone. Studies have shown 74% of all Texans will experience domestic violence or will know someone who has.
A U.S. Department of Justice study reported 1 in 10 children have seen one parent assault another.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 5 women will be raped.
Costs are staggering. It is estimated businesses lose $727.8 million annually due to domestic violence.