There are lots of reason to bookmark WomensLaw.org but they all boil down to the fact that knowledge is power. On our site, you can learn about the custody, divorce, and housing laws in your state, and more. When you know the laws, you can make informed decisions and take the legal steps that work best for you. Get the legal information you need when you need it on WomensLaw.org. Need more convincing? Check out our ten reasons to bookmark WomensLaws.org below!
1. Ask a lawyer your legal questions for free using our Email Hotline
Use our confidential Email Hotline to ask your questions about domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault and get a personalized reply from a lawyer in 1-5 business days. You can come back and ask us follow-up questions, too!
2. Get legal information in language you can understand
We know that legal language is often hard to understand. On our Know the Laws – By State pages, we explain the laws about protection orders, divorce, custody, crimes, housing protections, and more – in simple language that’s easier to understand. You can also check out our videos with legal information in English and Spanish! We also have quick guides about different legal topics in English, Spanish, and Korean.
3. Find out What’s New for your state or territory
Check out our What’s New on WomensLaw.org page to view any recent updates we’ve made to the legal information or resources for your state or territory.
4. Chat with a lawyer for free using your Email Hotline account
Schedule a chat to have a live, back-and-forth text conversation with a lawyer. We’ll listen to you and give you personalized legal information and resources for your situation.
5. Get help representing yourself
Did you know more than 60% of domestic violence and sexual assault victims must appear in court “pro se” – aka representing themselves without the assistance of a lawyer? If you’re one of them, check out our Preparing for Court – By Yourself page for information and tips. There, you’ll learn about the legal system, how to start a court case, what to expect when you get to court, what you can do if you are not satisfied with the outcome, and more. Here are some more resources to help you represent yourself:
· Watch our Preparing for Court videos about the courtroom experience.
· Print out our Quick Guide to Objections to bring to your hearing.
· Ask questions and get personalized legal information using the Email Hotline.
6. Get help regardless of your gender
Despite our name, WomensLaw serves and supports all survivors, no matter their sex or gender. Our Email Hotline provides legal information to anyone who reaches out with legal questions or concerns regarding domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, or any other topic covered on WomensLaw.org.
7. Get tips for helping others
When someone you care about is experiencing domestic violence, it can be tough to know what to do. Check out our Helping Others page for ideas and tips on how to help and support your friend, family member, or coworker. Advocates, friends, and family members can also use the Email Hotline to ask questions and get legal information and resources. We also help the professional helpers. Our Helping Others page has tips and tools for professionals including advocates, lawyers, doctors, and salon workers.
8. Learn about abuse using technology and how to stop it
Did you know 97% of domestic violence programs report that abusers misuse technology to stalk, harass, and control victims? Read our Abuse Using Technology page to learn about different types of technology abuse and how to address it. Ask questions about what’s going on for you using our Email Hotline.
9. Learn more about immigrant survivor rights on our Immigration page
Immigrant victims often face threats by an abuser related to their immigration status. Get information about your legal rights and options. Watch our videos on U-Visas for crime victims or read about U-Visas, VAWA, T-Visas, and more on our Immigration page.
10. Find out how to get a restraining order in your state
Restraining orders are an important tool for safety. Our Restraining Orders pages have information about the eligibility criteria and steps to get a restraining or protection order in every state and four territories.