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Court advocacy is an important service provided by New HOPE. Trained court advocates attend court with victims seeking a Domestic Violence Protective Order. Advocates offer support, information, and ensure that victims receive their paperwork and court dates. Court can be an intimidating experience for anyone, but for victims of abuse it can be especially daunting. Court advocates offer a familiar face and support. Advocates can also alert courtroom bailiffs to issues with the perpetrators and work closely with judges and prosecutors to make navigating the legal system as easy as possible for victims. Court advocates are a great source of support, but they are not lawyers and cannot offer legal advice of any kind.
For clients in need of legal representation for a Domestic Violence Protective Order or No Contact (Sexual Assault) hearing, New HOPE collaborates with Legal Aid of North Carolina to allow victims to obtain a lawyer at no cost to them. In the event that there is no conflict for Legal Aid, a lawyer will be appointed to the case and will allow the victim to have additional support during the legal process.
Domestic Violence Protective Orders (DVPOs) allow for emergency relief from domestic violence and sexual assault. A DVPO can afford victims many types of relief. Depending on the situation, those can include: possession of the residence, custody of pets in the home, obtaining personal clothing and other items, possession of personal vehicle, removal of firearms from the abuser's possession, and more. To find out more about DVPOs in North Carolina, visit this link. Between the hours of 9:00am - 5:00pm, victims can receive assistance in filling a DVPO. Victims unable to make it during those hours can contact New HOPE to set up an appointment for assistance. Generally, DVPOs will only be signed by a Judge or Magistrate during the hours of 9:00am - 5:00pm.