Brooks Applauds Passage of Bill to Assist Domestic and Sexual Violence Survivors
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House passed the bipartisan POWER Act, which would help provide legal assistance for domestic and sexual violence survivors. Studies have shown that survivors who can afford or access a lawyer successfully obtain restraining orders in 83% of cases, compared to 32% without a lawyer.
This bill was introduced by Congressman Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) and originally co-sponsored by Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN).
“Civil legal services provide vital resources to survivors of domestic and sexual violence who are not guaranteed access to a lawyer but are in need of advice in order to escape abusive or potentially life-threatening situations,” said Brooks. “Too often, survivors are not aware of or able to gain access to the legal resources available to them, making survivors feel trapped and abandoned. The POWER Act requires the chief judge for each U.S. federal judicial district to annually host a public event supporting pro bono legal services for survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. I am proud this bill has passed the House and urge my colleagues in the Senate to do the same so that we can better connect these survivors with lawyers willing to provide pro bono legal services, empower survivors to seek legal resources and raise awareness about the need for pro bono legal services in our communities.”