Retreat Announces Expansion of Attorney Services

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Hundreds of adults and children fleeing domestic violence on the East End will have more specialized resources available to support their safety after successful pursuit of multi-year funding for bilingual case management and attorney services by The Retreat, the local nonprofit announced late last week.

The two, new grant-fund programs will support The Retreat’s mission as the East End’s only comprehensive service provider for people facing domestic violence, sexual abuse, dating violence, stalking, trafficking, and other crimes.

The management in case management will enable more focused one-on-one work toward building a recovery plan with each fleeing survivor, helping assure coordinated access to multiple services. Coordination may range from housing assistance to medical/mental health support, to help clearing bad credit after an abuser has recklessly ruined a victim’s credit. The awarded 3-year funding from the New York State Office of Victim Services will enable The Retreat to serve 225 survivors.

The Retreat’s attorney services program expansion, activated via a separate, new five-year grant from the same state agency, endows The Retreat with funds to hire an attorney on-staff and on-site, increasing timely access to legal services and representation for fleeing survivors. Beyond helping victims pursue and receive life-saving restraining court orders, the new bilingual attorney, which the nonprofit hopes to hire before year-end, will address many other legal concerns that threaten survivors’ safety and recovery. The funding will enable The Retreat to serve 350 survivors.

“These two expansions together — Case Management and Attorney Services — enable The Retreat to meet more needs of each person who seeks our help,” said Hon. Loretta Davis, Executive Director of The Retreat, formerly a judge. “When a person or family fleeing violence sees and feels that we coordinate services across the widest variety of their needs—including with an on-site attorney — this gives them immediate comfort and strong momentum toward a full recovery and freedom from violence.”

To access any of The Retreat’s services, call (631) 329-2200.

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