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Legal Aid Society launches domestic violence helpline

By: Daily Record Staff//May 27, 2020

Legal Aid Society launches domestic violence helpline

By: Daily Record Staff//May 27, 2020//

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The Legal Aid Society of Rochester (LASROC) has launched a new Domestic Violence Legal Services Helpline — (585) 204-0199.

The announcement is a response to the reduced court functions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

From April 2019 to March 2020, the Society provided legal assistance and support in more than 1,400 domestic violence cases.

Many of those clients initially connected with a LASROC attorney in Family Court. But because access to courts has been limited by the pandemic, the process for applying for orders of protection has changed and many victims have found themselves without access to an attorney.

In an effort to remedy this situation, LASROC launched the helpline to speak to an attorney before filing for an order of protection.

For those experiencing domestic violence, a family law attorney is available by call or text between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday at the number — (585) 204-0199.

A LASROC attorney can help get an order of protection if an abuser has violated an existing order, if you have an emergency regarding custody or visitation of your children or child support.

LASROC also is available to assist with other legal matters, including immigration, landlord lockouts, foreclosure prevention and education.

If you need legal help for something other than domestic violence, call (585) 232-4090.

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