Project Safeguard

Working for Justice and Safety for Victims of Domestic Violence

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In-house Attorney Services

Class

Crime & Legal 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Adults
Crime/Abuse Victims
Families
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent

Description

PSG added staff attorneys in 2019 to provide representation to even more victims of gender-based violence with complex legal needs. Staff attorneys provide legal advice and support to victims in primarily domestic relations and CPO matters, through services including brief consultations, case strategy sessions, hearing preparation sessions, limited representation, and full representation. This program offers long-term, life-changing legal services to our clients at no cost.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Lawyers for Victims Program

Class

Crime & Legal 

Beneficiaries

Crime/Abuse Victims
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged/Indigent
Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Adults
Families

Description

In this innovative program launched in 2016 and since replicated throughout the state, PSG contracts directly with experienced and trauma-informed attorneys for a flat-fee rate to represent some clients at their permanent CPO hearing and/or in immigration cases arising from their victimization. For those with complex situations -- especially having a child in common with an abusive partner -- an attorney greatly increases the victim's chance of a positive legal outcome.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Survey results show overwhelming satisfaction with this program -- both from clients and attorneys. Some of the contracted attorneys continue to represent these indigent clients on a pro bono basis in their related divorce or custody cases.

Legal Advocacy

Class

Crime & Legal 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Crime/Abuse Victims
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged/Indigent
Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Families

Description

The core of PSG's legal advocacy is assisting victims of gender-based violence to understand and receive assistance in pursuing civil legal solutions, including Civil Protection Orders (CPOs) and domestic relations cases. Advocates provide services to these victims in-person at PSG's court-based offices and at the Rose Andom Center in Denver, as well as via phone, video, or email.

PSG's non-attorney legal advocates specialize in intensive assistance for victims who are ready to pursue civil legal solutions. The help with safety planning, provide support in court proceedings, and refer victims to other resources they may need. The Legal Advocacy Program provides a foundation from which victims can begin their journey to safety and success.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Anonymous client surveys show that more than 90% of individuals served report having more ways of staying safe and are more aware of their legal options after meeting with a Project Safeguard legal advocate.

Divorce and Custody Clinic

Class

Crime & Legal 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Crime/Abuse Victims
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged/Indigent
Families
Hispanic, Latino Heritage

Description

Clients interested in filing for Dissolution of Marriage and/or Allocation of Parental Responsibilities due to their crime victimization can access pro bono attorney assistance through a bi-monthly clinic staffed by PSG's roster of volunteer attorneys. Additionally, one legal clinic per month is conducted in Spanish and led by Spanish-speaking attorneys.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Anonymous client surveys show that more than 95% of clinic attendees find this service to be helpful in filing for Dissolution of Marriage or Allocation of Parental Responsibilities. English clinics are held weekly and Spanish clinics are held at least monthly. Both provide expert advice and individualized assistance.

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