URI’s Domestic Violence Legal Education and Advocacy Program (LEAP) provides specialized, on-site legal services to the residents of the agency’s four domestic violence shelters.
Entering shelter is often the first step to ending an abusive relationship. If domestic violence victims don’t understand their legal options, they may feel compelled to return to their abusers. URI ensures that its shelter residents are educated about their legal rights and have immediate access to the legal support and services they need to achieve and maintain their independence.
• Legal advice, referrals, and assistance on family law issues, including custody, visitation, orders of protection, child support and divorce. LEAP also advocates on behalf of clients with the local police precincts and district attorneys’ offices.
• Help for immigrant victims seeking legal status by preparing and filing Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) self-petitions, battered spouse waivers, U-visa petitions, and applications for work authorization and adjustment of status.
• Educational workshops and training for clients and staff
• Information resources, including a newsletter, LEAP FOR LIFE, which highlight relevant legal issues and educate clients about their rights.
Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-888-279-2211 or 1-888-252-2890