Charting the Course


Alexandra House began to provide legal advocacy services to victims of domestic violence.

Alexandra House volunteers began to respond to domestic abuse calls at Unity Hospital.

The Battered Women’s Advisory Council at the Department of Corrections prioritized funds for older battered women and disabled battered women.

1986… Expanded Community-based Support Services Legal Advocacy Alexandra House expanded services to include legal advocacy for victims of domestic violence in the criminal and civil court setting. In partnership with law enforcement, legal advocates provided crime victim advocacy immediately following a domestic assault incident, 24-hours a day. Legal advocates followed cases, at victims’ request, throughout criminal court proceedings—serving as a liaison with prosecutors, conveying information on victims’ behalf to the court, helping victims navigate the criminal court system, accompanying them to hearings, providing information on crime victims’ rights, and assisting them in accessing financial and victim notification resources. In addition, legal advocates assisted victims in filing protection orders, accompanied them to subsequent hearings, and provided critical information regarding civil legal options and other community resources. On-Call Hospital Response Trained volunteer advocates began responding to domestic abuse calls at Unity Hospital. Advocates were able to provide emotional support, crisis intervention, validation, information, advocacy, resources, and safety strategies.


1) Unity Hospital circa 1970’s 2) Protective Order



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