JCADA’s legal services* fall into two categories: direct representation and Legal Access. They are 100% free of charge and can be accessed in addition to – or separately from – JCADA’s clinical services.

Direct Representation*

JCADA is able to provide victims of domestic abuse with direct legal representation in:

  • Protective Orders
  • Peace Orders
  • Crime Victims’ Rights Representation

Protective and peace orders are civil restraining orders. Depending on your relationship with the abuser, you may also be entitled to other relief such as Emergency Family Maintenance, temporary custody of children, possession of a home or other relief. Crime victims’ rights(hyperlink to download flyer) are protected by are guaranteed to you by the constitutions of Maryland and Virginia, and the statutes of the District of Columbia. These entitle victims of crime to rights, based on their jurisdiction of residence, including the right to be treated dignity, the right to have your interests as a victim considered in your criminal case, the right to seek restitution, and the right to deliver a victim impact statement. JCADA’s Legal Team may assist you in asserting these rights.

Legal Access: Information and Referrals*

JCADA recognizes that domestic abuse can affect many areas of a victim’s life, including family law, disability benefits, bankruptcy, tax status, immigration, and more. In these cases, JCADA works to empower victims by:

  • Providing legal information, education, and resources;
  • Referring you to Legal Services or an attorney who may be able to offer free consultations, pro-bono or low-bono assistance, depending on your case and income;
  • Hosting legal seminars/Know Your Rights presentations for victims and the community on a variety of topics relating to domestic abuse.  

*NOTE: JCADA is not able to provide representation except as described in the Legal Services section. JCADA is not able to guarantee representation, but we will try to refer you to an appropriate attorney.

JCADA serves all victims and survivors of power-based violence, as well as their friends and families, who are 14 years of age and older currently living in the Greater Washington area. JCADA’s services are free of charge and provided without regard to race, national origin, ability, background, faith, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation or immigration status.

JCADA’s Legal & Advocacy Program want to hear about your interactions with law enforcement. Responses are anonymous unless you provide contact information. We are advocating to the County on behalf of clients to improve Law Enforcement’s Response to Victims and Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. Please follow the link below.