The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Violence Against Women has granted NLSLA $600,000 to support the Comprehensive Legal Assistance and Support Services project, a collaborative effort between NLSLA, East Los Angeles Women’s Center and Strength United. The joint effort will address the complex, interrelated issues impacting victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.

The project will provide holistic, victim-centered legal and supportive services to the underrepresented victims of sexual assault living in the San Fernando Valley, Antelope Valley, East Los Angeles,and San Gabriel Valley.

While victims of sexual assault may seek relief from the immediate crisis by calling a crisis line or getting a restraining order, they often do not receive help with the interrelated problems that also arise from the violence, such as a lack of housing and financial support, as well as immigration status.  When these issues are not addressed, domestic violence survivors are at much greater risk of returning to the abusive situation.

NLSLA will address the myriad legal needs of domestic violence survivors while coordinating with partner agencies to ensure their emotional needs are addressed as well.