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Attorney Services

The Retreat’s attorney services program increases timely access to legal services and representation for domestic abuse survivors.

In addition to aiding in restraining orders and “stay away” court orders, our staff attorney addresses the many legal concerns that threaten survivors’ safety and recovery. Examples are housing law, employment law, disability law, property law, and immigration law.

Legal Advocacy

The Retreat’s staff of trained legal advocates accompany survivors to court and explain the legal process. Advocates assist survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault with understanding their legal rights regarding orders of protection, custody and visitation, child support, and other legal matters.

Working with the New York Office of Victim Services, our advocates provide information and assistance to innocent victims of crime for out-of-pocket expenses.