Hennepin County adding position to help provide legal aid to people seeking order of protection

The county is creating a new full-time position based in the county attorney’s Domestic Abuse Service Center.

News Story, Video (Minnesota)

KSTP (Saint Paul)
January 3, 2019

Tags: Domestic Violence

Organizations mentioned/involved: Central Minnesota Legal Services


Three days a week, the nonprofit has a team of lawyers providing free legal advice and representation to those seeking an order of protection at the Hennepin County Family Justice Center. They entered the partnership with the county last year.

“In some of our worst cases, we’re asking victims of sexual assault and severe domestic abuse to have to testify in open court with their abuser only sitting a chair away,” said Schluender. “To do that alone, without any legal assistance or anyone sitting next to them, has felt cruel.”