October 17th, 2013
Although October is Domestic Violence Month, LASP advocates help victims like Ms. G throughout the year.
G’s husband beat her so badly that she needed hospitalization and
follow-up medical care. Worse, the beating happened in front of her 8
year old son. When she was able, Ms. G came to LASP for help. A LASP
advocate helped her get a Protection from Abuse order and obtain sole
custody of her son.
Ms. G was one of the 752 people LASP helped
to get a Protection From Abuse (PFA) order in FY2012-13. In each county
LASP serves, its advocates work closely with local domestic violence
agencies to ensure that victims can get assistance applying for a PFA.
Research shows that PFAs improve safety for domestic abuse victims,
providing an important step along the road to a life free from fear and
December 11th, 2012
Legal Aid was awarded contracts from the Montgomery County Commissioners to support Housing and Child Dependency work in Montgomery County that will enable it to keep the Pottstown office open, despite the loss of $281,000 in general operating funding from the county.
“Harvey Strauss, co-executive director of Legal Aid, said he was "very happy, very pleased, very grateful" for the contracts, which he said would enable Legal Aid to keep its Pottstown office open and to "continue to provide services that we're proud of."
In a press briefing following the meeting, Shapiro explained that Legal Aid had received the new contracts because situations in which the court is required to appoint outside counsel for indigent defendants would have been more expensive with a provider other than Legal Aid.
"Legal Aid was uniquely positioned to provide those services," Shapiro said, adding that the commissioners had consulted on the matter with several judges on the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas following last week's budget hearings.”
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