Violence can happen in any relationship. For example, between spouses, roommates, coworkers, family members, and more.

Information to collect from your client:

  • What happened? Do they feel unsafe? Were the police involved?
  • What kind of support do they need? For example, medical, psychological, emotional, financial, etc. 
  • What do they want to do about the situation? (Remember, your client almost always has a choice in how they want to respond. The exception is where the police decide to press charges.)

Potential legal issues:

  • Protection orders -- A person who experiences violence can ask the court to order the abuser to stay away from them and their children.
  • Criminal charges -- The police may charge a person who committed violence. People who experienced violence can get help with housing, keeping the abuser away, and more. People who committed violence should get legal advice about the charges.
  • Immigration issues -- Criminal charges can impact a person’s immigration status, including being deported.

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TIP As a justice navigator, being trauma-informed allows you to help your client without adding to their trauma. Learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of trauma and build this knowledge into your processes and practices.

Last modified: Tuesday, 13 June 2023, 6:02 PM