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Legal Advocacy

If you are a victim of sexual assault, stalking, domestic violence, child abuse, harassment, financial coercion, or of other related crimes, the Middle Way House Legal Advocate team is available to assist you.

Legal Advocates are available at our New Wings location (338 S. Washington Street, Bloomington, Indiana)  Monday – Friday 8AM – 6PM and will work with clients over the phone and in person.

Advocates assist clients in filling out divorce petitions, motions to assist, and protective orders. They will discuss custody and visitation options, making referrals to pro bono and reduced fee programs, private attorneys, therapists and other resources. Advocates can also assist clients who are eligible for victims’ compensation in pursuing that relief.

Advocates and trained legal program volunteers accompany victims to court hearings and case-related appointments to provide emotional support. Volunteers monitor court hearings and assist advocates as needed.

MWH Legal advocates participate in the Domestic Violence Task Force (DVTF) and the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART). The MWH legal advocacy office coordinates services with the Protective Order Project, at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, which provides assistance with volunteer attorney back-up for persons seeking protective orders, and the Monroe County Clerks Office for victims who are self-petitioning.

Outside of Monroe County, advocates are available in the Middle Way offices in Greene, Owen and Martin counties.

Contact Middle Way House Legal Advocates at (812) 333-7404 to set up an appointment.

Valuable resources:

Protective Order Project
211 S. Indiana Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47405
(812) 855-4800
Intakes between 12-1pm, M-F

Monroe County Victims Assistance
(812) 349-2893
Monroe County Prosecutor
(812) 349-2670
Monroe County Child Support Division
(812) 349-2675
Monroe County Clerk
(812) 349-2601

Indiana Legal Services
214 S. College Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47404
(812) 339-7668 or toll free: (800) 822-4774
Phone intakes Tues 1:30PM – 4:30PM; Thurs 10:00AM – 1:00PM
For divorce, there must be DV and children

District 10 Pro Bono Project
PO Box 8382
Bloomington, IN 47407
(812) 339-3610

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