Grantee's Stories

Legal Aid Society of Lubbock

Holistic Legal Services

Domestic violence is a crime that has lasting consequences not only for the victim of the abuse, but for family members and the community. By assisting victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse to help break the cycle of violence, the Legal Aid Society of Lubbock improves many lives.

To address the growing need for legal services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, the Legal Aid Society of Lubbock, with funding from the Texas Bar Foundation, has established the Holistic Legal Services Project. The project places a Legal Aid attorney inside the Women’s Protective Services shelter full-time to make legal services more accessible to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. A Women’s Protective Services advocate is also available at the Legal Aid Society office to offer clients additional resources, such as housing, counseling and clothing.

Through a holistic approach, the Holistic Legal Services Project seeks to ensure that victims of violence have immediate access to resources which assist them in separating from their abuser. The goal is to allow the victim to safely occupy their residence, attend work or school, and live their lives without the constant fear of further abuse.

“This grant year, the attorney at the WPS shelter has assisted 357 primary victims and 90 secondary victims with advice, referral, or legal representation. The Legal Aid Society of Lubbock is grateful to the Texas Bar Foundation for this opportunity to help the victims of domestic abuse in our communities.”

C. Kay Caballero
Executive Director, Legal Aid Society of Lubbock