Since opening its doors, the EEC represented 180 victims in a total of 343 legal cases, including bankruptcy, child support/custody, debtor/creditor, taxes, motor vehicle administration, landlord/tenant, expungement, employment and protective order modification. So far 200 of those cases have closed. The efforts of the EEC team resulted in:
Hotline calls are an important crisis service, providing victims with support and actionable information about MSCFV resources, their legal rights, and possible next steps for ending the violence. MSCFV advocates answered 403 hotline calls from victims in crisis in fiscal year 2020. During these calls, advocates often discuss Safety Planning, Community Resources, and Legal Rights & Options.
The majority of victims achieve positive outcomes in these calls, including a better understanding of the cycle of violence, a better understanding of their rights and options, and a readiness to take the next step in ending the violence.
We know from our services data that most hotline callers do go on to receive other services. For example, 86% received additional counseling, 88% received follow up services, and 38% had an advocate accompany them to court.
The legal services provided by MSCFV achieve several important outcomes for family violence victims. During the 2020 fiscal year, a total of 249 legal cases were closed or resolved. The most common outcome for legal clients was obtaining protection via a final protective order. Obtaining or maintaining custody is also a common outcome.
Attorney representation in protective order hearings can often be critical for victims to receive the protection they need. In fiscal year 2020, 68% of victims with MSCFV representation at their FPO hearings had their protective orders granted. This percentage is remarkably higher than the 47% of final protective orders granted statewide.
The MSCFV Pet Safety Program helps victims care for their pets throughout their journey from crisis to self-sufficiency, including providing pet friendly emergency shelters, pet boarding, pet supplies, and regular and emergency vet visits.