Texas Advocacy Project

Formed 1982. Specialized legal expertise in domestic violence and sexual assault. Runs 5 hotlines.
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Primary geographic focus: Texas
Organization type(s): Provider
Tags: Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault

Texas Advocacy Project provides FREE legal services statewide to victims of domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

Who We Are
Now in our 33rd year of service, Texas Advocacy Project is a non profit law firm working directly with victims, shelters, law enforcement agencies, and courts across Texas to deliver effective legal services to Texans in need. Our services are free of charge and provide the type of long-term solutions which break the cycle of violence for thousands of Texans each year. We accept clients without regard to ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or county of residence. Further minimizing barriers to legal services, we have English and Spanish-speaking attorneys and utilize a language interpretation service available around the clock, allowing us to give legal advice in over 170 languages. The Project also employs a service for deaf callers.

In 1982, a group of young lawyers came together to form Texas Advocacy Project (The Project). The Project began as a hotline, operated out of Austin, Texas, with three volunteer lawyers cramped into a single small office, answering calls and sharing the daily administrative duties. Soon after publicizing its toll-free number, The Project was deluged with calls from women in abusive situations, trying to understand how the legal system could help them escape. Although originally operating as a general legal hotline, one thing quickly became clear: Domestic Violence was the main reason women in Texas were calling for legal help. So The Project set out to develop the specialized legal expertise we would need to provide that help. Over the next ten years, the Project grew and expanded its range of legal services, in addition to the hotline. We knew there was an urgent need across the state, and in the early 1990’s, with the help of our collaborative partners, we began to meet that need in a new way. We put together a talented team of well-trained lawyers and started taking on clients. Today, we have nine areas of programming, helping thousands of Texans all over the state at no charge. With specialized knowledge in domestic violence legal issues, and a victim-empowering philosophy, the agency has evolved into a critical player in providing services to battered Texans. As the years progressed we adapted this expertise to include victims of sexual assault and are now able to run five separate hotlines; the Family Law hotline, Sexual Assault Hotline, Family Violence Hotline, Technical Advocacy Hotline and the Teen Justice Hotline.


Blog Post

What Does Justice For Sexual Assault Survivors Look Like?

Martha Bergmark
Huffington Post
September 7, 2016
We ought to adopt a definition of justice that is at least as concerned with supporting survivors as it is with punishing perpetrators.

News Story

Domestic Violence Survivor Helps Others Overcome Abuse

Meg Bonacorsi
Time Warner Cable News
March 23, 2016
The story of Julie Strickland, a former client, who said the non-profit helped save her life and she wants others to get that chance, too.

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