21 Sep

The U.S. Senate Passed The POWER Act, To Help Combat DV And SA

first_imgProviding legal services after the first experience of domestic violence can be a proactive solution to stopping continued domestic violence. Legal representation increases the possibility of successfully obtaining a protective order against an attacker from 32 percent without an attorney to 83 percent with an attorney. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The U.S. Senate passed, the Pro bono Work to Empower and Represent (POWER) Act, to help combat domestic abuse and sexual assault. Approximately one-in-four women will suffer some form of domestic violence during their lifetime. According to a national survey by the National Network to End Domestic Violence, in one day over 12,000 requests for services, including legal representation, by domestic violence survivors were unmet. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK): “Passage of the POWER Act by the Senate is a solid avenue to raising awareness that legal assistance is a critical first step in helping victims of domestic violence become survivors. Pro bono assistance from Alaska’s legal community has been a particularly helpful tool in giving hope to victims of domestic violence. The POWER Act will bring this tool to more communities, encouraging lawyers across the country to get involved and help victims who too often fear or are unfamiliar with the justice system. I call on the House of Representatives to swiftly move to pass this commonsense bill, so we can get the POWER Act onto President Trump’s desk as soon as possible.”center_img Each office is also asked to submit a report detailing the occurrence of the event to the Department of Justice which will then compile the nationwide reports into a single report to be submitted to Congress annually. The POWER Act directs that each year, the United States Attorney in each judicial district across the country hold at least one event, in partnership with domestic violence service providers or volunteer lawyer projects, which promotes pro bono legal services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.last_img

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