19-0043656 Urgent Need
A survivor of domestic violence seeks representation for a hearing on a permanent Protection from Abuse (PFA), which she filed on behalf of her nine-year-old son. Opposing party (OP)/father has partial custody. The child has reported to his school that his father beat him with a hanger. The child has also returned from visits with OP with a scarred upper lip, and he has tried to leave school to avoid his father’s pick-ups. As a result of these problems, the child was admitted to a psychiatric hospital in March of 2019. The hospital informed DHS, but client was told the case did not meet the threshold for abuse. OP/father has previously been convicted of assaulting client. Client obtained a temporary PFA protecting the child and needs representation for a hearing for a permanent PFA on June 26, 2019 at 9:00 am. Client also has a custody hearing before a master on June 26, 2019 at 2:00 pm, but VIP can find another volunteer for that matter; see companion case #19-0043522.