The work of the legal advocacy team (at Middle Way House, New Wings) is coordinated by an attorney and a paralegal. In Bloomington, Legal Advocates are available Monday – Friday 8AM – 6PM to assist persons, over the phone and in person, with issues and questions relating to legal remedies for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, trafficking and harassment. Outside of Monroe County, Advocates are available in the Middle Way offices in Greene, Owen and Martin counties.
Advocates can discuss legal process and options in situations involving domestic violence, child abuse, stalking and harassment, sexual assault, and other crimes. Advocates assist clients in filling out divorce petitions, motions to assist, and protective orders. They will discuss custody and visitation options, make referrals to pro bono and reduced fee programs, private attorneys, therapists and other resources. Advocates can also assist clients who are eligible for victims’ compensation in pursuing that relief.
Advocates and legal program volunteers accompany victims to court hearings and case-related appointments to provide emotional support. Volunteers monitor court hearings and assist advocates as needed.
For legal advocacy contact Middle Way House Legal Advocates at (812) 333-7404 to set up an appointment.