Evanston/North Shore

Legal Advocacy

In 2017, 458 clients seeking Orders of Protection received legal assistance and referrals from our Legal Advocates.

Complementing YWCA Evanston/North Shore Domestic Violence Services is a legal advocacy component positioned at the Cook County Second Municipal District Courthouse in Skokie, Illinois.

Our legal advocates support individuals in understanding their rights under the Illinois Domestic Violence Act, navigating complex legal systems, and accessing appropriate resources and referrals. For those choosing to pursue an order of protection, our advocates assist in preparation of legal documents, provide court accompaniment and follow-up with clients throughout the case.

Asistencia Legal Nuestro programa de Asistencia Legal esta localizado en la corte de Skokie. Dos asistentes legales ayudan a las víctimas obtener órdenes de protección como parte de un plan de seguridad más amplio. Además, proveen información legal, apoyo emocional, y acceso a otros servicios mientras ayudan a víctimas navegar entre el sistema legal. Para tener acceso a estos servicios, llame al 847-470-5052.

To access these services, contact our legal advocates at (847) 470-5052.


Pro Bono Attorney Project

Most victims of domestic violence are not able to afford knowledgeable, high quality legal representation for crisis-driven, expedited and contentions order of protection (OP) proceedings. Access to free legal services for victims of domestic violence in the local area is extremely limited, frequently resulting in many victims going forward without the aid of an attorney to their detriment.

If you are interested in volunteering your services, contact Susan Stump, Legal Advocacy Program Manager at (847) 470-6875.

Public Education and Training


Legal Advocacy Program staff are available to collaborate, present, consult or provide training on the Illinois Domestic Violence Act and related laws. Requests from law enforcement, social services, faith-based organizations, schools, and civic or private organizations are welcome, and will be accommodated whenever possible.

Presentations are tailored for each audience, whether to simply raise public awareness, inform participants how they can best support victims of domestic violence in their efforts to be free from abuse, or to educate law enforcement on best practices and better understanding of domestic violence laws.

To learn more, contact Susan Stump, Legal Advocacy Program Manager at (847) 470-6875.

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