Neopolitan Lighthouse provides legal advocacy outreach services to women and men who self-identify at civil or criminal court and need to file an Order of Protection, but who are not aware of the procedures, their legal rights, or the resources that are available to them. The Outreach Legal Advocate provides information and counseling on legal rights, available remedies, assistance in completing court documentation, and filing Orders of Protection. The advocate assists clients in obtaining an Emergency Order of Protection, which lasts for 14-21 days. Once the Emergency Order has been obtained, the advocate continues to work with the victim/survivor, providing emotional support and accompanying the client to future court appearances until the Plenary Order of Protection is obtained. This order may last up to 2 years.
Neopolitan’s Outreach Legal Advocate is present at the Chicago Domestic Violence Courthouse at 555 W. Harrison Street every week from Monday through Thursday, 8 am to 3 pm. Individuals seeking assistance in obtaining an Order of Protection may call 773-638-0228 Monday through Friday to schedule an appointment.
Neopolitan Lighthouse’s Outreach Legal Advocate does NOT provide general legal advice and is NOT an attorney. The Outreach Legal Advocate is there to provide information and support.
For more information on Orders of Protection, see our web site page under “Get Help.”
Remember: Domestic Violence IS a crime, that is punishable by law.