The STOPDV Advocacy Team consists of advocates providing information to survivors of domestic violence regarding the options available, as well as providing support and accompaniment as they navigate through the justice system, enhance the quality of representation of survivors, and to improve the outcomes for survivors who chose to participate in all parts of the justice system.
The STOPDV Legal Team consists of two Attorneys providing services to survivors of domestic violence in both Circuit and District courts in Faulkner County. Our Order of Protection Attorney represents eligible petitioners in order of protection hearings. Our Compliance Court Attorney provides legal advice and support to survivors of domestic violence in Criminal Cases and monitors domestic violence offenders for compliance with court orders relating to domestic violence related charges. Any legal questions should be directed to our attorneys on staff. Please see the "STOPDV Documents and Policies" section to see if you are eligible for representation by our attorneys. If not, please still reach out as we may still be able to provide assistance.
Safety planning is an ongoing process which needs to be revisited as decisions are made and changes occur to the clients circumstances. It is a process of exploring resources and options and is done individually with a client because each client's experience is different. Safety plans must be personalized based on the clients unique needs, circumstances, and choices. Safety planning should occur whether a client is remaining in an abusive relationship, preparing to leave the relationship, already out of the relationship, or deciding to return to the relationship. STOPDV Advocates help our clients safety plan specific to their situation to ensure that they have resources for whatever they decide to do.
Our services are available to clients of all race, gender, ethnicity, sexual identity, orientation and religions. Currently, we can provide services for residents of Faulkner County, Arkansas. We may not be able to provide all of our services to an individual based on certain circumstances, so please see our service policy in the " STOPDV Documents and Policies " section of this page or contact us for more information.
Above, we have descriptions of each of our services, but we want our clients to know that we are here to listen to YOU. We will connect you with the resources to help empower you to take control of your own life. We will SUPPORT you in whatever decisions you make to feel SAFE. We will help you navigate through the court system and make sure that YOUR voice is heard. Along with our services to clients, we advocate for domestic violence survivors at the systemic level to law enforcement officials as well as legislators.
Thanks to federal funding, there is never a cost associated with our services for our clients.
No. Clients do not have to be fleeing an abusive relationship to reach out. At STOPDV, we recognize that you are the expert of your situation. We will respect and support any decision you choose to make, and give you the tools to navigate through what you are dealing with, whether that is leaving the abuser or staying with the abuser.
Absolutely. At STOPDV, we want our clients to feel empowered and make their own decisions, but we also don't want them to feel as if they have no where to turn if they decide to go back to or stay with their abuser and there is another instance where they need help. Regardless of whatever decision you make, we will be here to help and provide resources.
STOPDV serves a clientele that must be protected at all times. The safety and protection of our clients is our number one priority with all of the services we offer. Disclosure of a survivors location or other personal information is strictly prohibited by all STOPDV team members and associates. Though, there are some circumstances in which we are legally required to provide information to law enforcement officials. Please see our confidentiality policy in the "STOPDV Documents and Policies" section of this page.
STOPDV now has materials with important information that is can be downloaded and printed. You may also contact STOPDV directly to pick up printed materials.
These files are resources that STOPDV uses with clients, such as safety planning sheets, grounding exercises, and more.
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