PROTECTION FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS IN WATERBURY
Connecticut Legal Services now provides free lawyers for every low-income person in Waterbury who needs a restraining order to protect against domestic violence.
Restraining orders are issued by judges to help keep domestic violence victims safe. These orders tell abusers not to hurt or harass the victim, and can order the abuser to move out of a shared home.
But going to court and getting a restraining order can be difficult. That’s where CLS comes in. We will go to court with every low-income victim in Waterbury, fighting for their right to be safe.
UNIVERSAL REPRESENTATION IN WATERBURY: WHAT IS A JUST CITY?
For so many low-income people, a lawyer can make all the difference in meeting critical needs like housing, school, nutrition -- and even safety. Having a lawyer to fight for your right to a restraining order can help you stay safe. Having a lawyer to protect you from an unfair eviction can be the key to a stable, healthy home. And tragically, for immigrants who come to this country seeking refuge from persecution and violence, having a lawyer can literally be the difference between life and death.
But right now, CLS just doesn't have the resources to provide a free lawyer for everybody who needs one. We turn away four people for every one person we serve.
How do we begin to expand justice in Connecticut, so that everyone can get the legal help they need? How do we make sure that fairness and justice are a right, not just the luck of the draw?
CLS is providing lawyers for every domestic violence victim in Waterbury as part of a pilot project aimed at showing what a difference it makes -- to the health of communities, a city, and an entire state -- when every vulnerable person can get the legal help they need. We want to flip the script -- so that Waterbury is not just a city, but a Just City. And when it works, we'll keep pushing and growing. Because we know that Connecticut can be the first state in the country where fairness, justice, and opportunity are there for everyone, not just a lucky few.