Next Door Solutions Receives $500,000 Legal Services Award
For many years Next Door Solutions has been applying for a grant from The Office on Violence Against Women to provide legal services to victims of domestic violence. This year we’re very happy to announce that Next Door has finally received a $500,000 grant from The Office on Violence Against Women to provide legal services to 530 victims of domestic violence and teen dating violence in Santa Clara County. Through a novel partnership between Next Door, the Pro Bono Project of Silicon Valley and Legal Advocates for Children and Youth, Next Door will be able to provide legal advocacy, assistance, and services for three years. Services will include culturally and linguistically appropriate restraining order assistance, legal and immigration advocacy, safety planning, risk assessments, court accompaniment, and referrals and linkages to Next Door’s comprehensive array of services as well as other social services agencies. Pro Bono staff will provide clients with counsel and advice, limited action/representation, settlement negotiations, court representation and assistance with divorce, custody, visitation, and restraining orders due to domestic violence. Legal Advocates for Youth will provide legal assistance to youth experiencing domestic and teen dating violence in the areas of restraining orders, custody, and any other related civil legal needs and will provide resources related to family law, court, and custody issues where appropriate. This innovative partnership will also provide outreach and educational materials to high schools, local employers, and landlord associations so they can address teen dating violence and domestic violence issues that arise in their schools, workplaces, and housing sites.