WIN's Advocacy Program offers support and accompaniment through the legal system. Assistance with Protective Orders and Court Cases for victims of domestic violence.
WIN’s Legal Advocates maintain offices in both Hunt and Rockwall County. Legal Advocates help with obtaining protection orders, accompanying victims to court and providing group support while creating sustainability objectives.
To contact the Legal Advocates please call: 903.455.4612 or 972.772.3000 or visit us at www.WINTexas.org
Court Accompaniment for Protective Orders - Legal Advocates will accompany victims to the following types if PO court appointments:
• Protective Order filing
• Protective Order Hearing
• Protective Order Sentencing/Trial
• Contested Protection or Stalking Orders
• Extended Protection Order hearings
Please try to give at least 24 hours notice to arrange court accompaniment. Assistance with Application for Protective Order - Legal Advocates can assist domestic violence and sexual assault victims in filing a protective order. Assistance with Police Reports - Legal Advocates will accompany victims of domestic violence and sexual assault while they complete a police report.
Domestic Violence Statutes
• Texas Penal Code, Title 5, Chapter 22, Section 22.01. Elements of Domestic Violence/Assault. Domestic violence in Texas means an assault against a family member, household member, or a current or past dating partner including:
• intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causing bodily injury to another person
• intentionally or knowingly threatens another person with imminent bodily injury; or
• intentionally or knowingly causing physical contact with another that the offender knows or reasonably should know the victim will find provocative or offensive.
Penalties range from a "Class C" misdemeanor, which carries a penalty of up one year in jail and a fine all the way to a first-degree felony, which carries a penalty of five to 99 years in prison and a fine of no more than $10,000.
The primary factors influencing which type of penalty is likely to be imposed are the following:
• Victim's relationship with the defendant;
• Defendant's past convictions for domestic violence, or lack thereof;
• Whether suffocation or strangulation was involved
Your safety is most important!
A protection order is one part of a safety plan you can use to escape domestic violence.
Protection orders by themselves cannot ensure your safety!
You may need to consider moving yourself and family to a safe place.
WIN can help you identify steps you may need to take to free you from domestic violence. You will need to provide information to the court about the person you need protection from.
This will include the following:
• Full Name
• Abusers Address
• Description of Abuser
You will also need to know addresses of places you wish this person to stay away from. This should include your residence, your place of employment, relative's homes you frequent and schools or daycare's.
Things to remember after you have obtained a protective order:
• Keep a copy of your protection order with you at all times
• Make sure the copy you have is the certified court copy.
It is also important to provide copies of the protective orders to schools and any child care facility that may be responsible for your children's safety.
Report any violation immediately!
BE ALERT and aware of your surroundings, the people and things happening around you. VARY ROUTES of travel when you come and go from work
PARK SECURELY and in well-lit parking and ask if someone can escort you to your car after dark.
BE AWARE of vehicles following you. If you are followed drive to a police station, fire department, or busy shopping center and sound the horn to attract attention.
ALERT MANAGERS or security at your place of business. Provide a picture or description of the abuser.
HAVE A SECURITY CHECK MADE by law enforcement of your home to ensure your home can be locked safely. Secure all doors and windows in both your home and vehicle.
MAINTAIN AN UNLISTED NUMBER. If Caller ID is available in your area, obtain the service for your phone.
DO NOT DISMISS ANY THREAT, written or verbal. Call the Police or Sheriff 's Department and save any documentation.
MAINTAIN PRIVACY, never give out personal information to anyone where the information can be overheard. Remove phone number and social security number from as many items as possible.
DEVELOP A SAFETY PLAN for yourself and family members in case of emergency. Decide on a safe place to meet and someone to call if problems do arise.
Please Note: Legal Advocates and Advocates staff/employees are not attorneys. We can not give legal advice. Our services are intended to provide support to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.