Trauma-Informed Civil Legal Assistance: Lawyers and Advocates Working in Tandem for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence

Trauma-Informed Civil Legal Assistance: Lawyers and Advocates Working in Tandem for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence, Room: Univ AB

Wednesday - September 12, 2018: 3:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Studies suggest that access to legal services can be a critical tool in assisting victims escapefrom abusive relationships.  This presentation will provide an overview of the Coordinated Indigenous Resource Center for Legal Empowerment (CIRCLE) Project, a civil legal assistance program operated by the Native Alliance Against Violence, Oklahoma’s tribal coalition against domestic violence and sexual assault, wherein tribal victim advocates work in tandem with civil legal attorneys to provide trauma-informed legal representation of victims in state, tribal, CFR and federal court systems.  The CIRCLE Project provides a real-world view of how attorneys can, and should, work with victim advocates, and offers best practices for representing victims throughout the legal process and with victims’ rights issues.


Discussion

Presenters

Shelley Miller

Advocate Specialist - Native Alliance Against Violence

Shandi Campbell

Attorney - NAAV CIRCLE Project