South Royalton Legal Clinic
Domestic Violence Project
Since 1997, the South Royalton Legal Clinic has partnered with the Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, Vermont Center for Crime Victim Services, and Vermont Legal Aid to provide representation to victims of domestic violence throughout the state. Since its inception, the clinic has represented hundreds of victims of domestic violence, primarily in Windsor and Orange counties. The clinic primarily represents victims in securing Relief From Abuse Orders in Family Court; however, it also provides a wide range of services to victims in various settings.
A Domestic Violence Project Case Story
Emily* was 18, in her last year of high school, and looking forward to college. She was a standout on her softball team. While many parents and members of the community attended her games, one man started to attend her practices. Then came offers of rides, unsolicited gifts, and unsolicited emails and phone calls. Now thoroughly alarmed, Emily told her parents, who immediately told the man to stop. But it didn't stop. Emily's parents came to the clinic and we helped her secure an emergency Order Against Stalking. But still it did not stop, and the man was spotted watching practices through binoculars. At the hearing, the clinic was able to secure a final order prohibiting the man from any contact or attempted contact with Emily, who is now in college and doing well.
*All client names are pseudonyms