The Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Center for Victim and Human Rights announced Tuesday that the ICADV’s Protective Order Pro Bono Project is being taken over by the CVHR.
The project was created in 2001 and offers free legal services to victims of domestic violence who need protective orders or need to enforce the order. The project merged with the ICADV in 2007.
“The Project’s move is absolute win-win for our client survivors, the pro bono attorneys and law students who have volunteered to help them” said Kerry Blomquist, legal counsel at ICADV. “The Center for Victim and Human Rights has provided a growing number of free legal services to victims of domestic violence, many with multiple legal needs, so this is an excellent fit for the project.”
The Pro Bono Project is partially funded through the Indiana Supreme Court’s Civil Legal Aid Funding. The ICADV will train the center’s staff and volunteers as to how to work with victims of domestic violence.
The CVHR, founded in 2008, is a nonprofit legal services organization whose mission is to make the victim as whole as possible. The organization provides low-cost or no-cost legal services to crime and human rights abuse victims and engages in policy development and educational outreach.
“We are honored to be the next stewards of this project and advance the legacy of the ICADV Protective Order Pro Bono Project of providing safety for victims of domestic violence. Our objective is to provide access to justice for victims who wouldn’t otherwise be able to procure legal assistance in obtaining and enforcing protective orders,” said Raio Krishnayya, executive director of CVHR.