If you know someone going through a domestic violence situation, legal advocates will now be on hand at the Adams County Courthouse.
It is a partnership between the courthouse and Quanada to make services more accessible.
The help desk is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. in the law library on the 2nd floor of the courthouse.
Quanada Executive Director Megan Duesterhaus said many people going through legal cases where an order of protection is needed or other services including counseling, support groups and safety planning often referred to Quanada.
Legal advocates will be able to walk people through the process of the services offered by the domestic violence shelter.
“Making that first phone call or visit is absolutely the hardest part because you’re dealing with the unknown and in the case where you were already in the courthouse and we aren’t asking you to do a separate thing, it’s a much less intimidating process,” Duesterhaus said.
Adams County Law Clerk Jennifer Power said orders of protections have jumped from around 300 to more than 600 within the last couple of years in Adams County.
Power added having legal advocates inside the courthouse should help people in tough situations and makes the services provided by Quanada more accessible.
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