Legal Advocacy

Through our Restraining Order Assistance Program (ROAP), there are Outreach Victim Advocates available to assist victims of domestic violence who need help navigating the judicial system. Victim Advocates are available in Alachua, Bradford and Union counties to aid victims in filing for injunctions (orders of protection), obtaining legal referrals, referrals for assistance from law enforcement, referrals for medical help, referrals to other social services, filing Victim’s Compensation, criminal justice support, and completing the Address Confidentiality Program. Additionally, Victim Advocates can provide safety planning, crisis counseling and intervention, and assistance in screenings for shelter. Victim Advocates are not attorneys, licensed counselors, or therapists, but are non-judgmental, caring, safe people that can provide support.

In Alachua County, the ROAP office is located at the Civil Courthouse on the downtown plaza on the first floor in the Clerk of Court’s office. Advocates are in court weekly for the regularly scheduled injunction hearings.

In Alachua County, these advocates can be reached at 352-377-5690 (Peaceful Paths Outreach Office) or at 352-374-3636 x 2609 (Alachua County Courthouse).

In Bradford and Union counties, our Peaceful Paths Victim Advocate divides her time among the Bradford County School Board office and the Union County Health Department (Wednesdays), and is in court for regularly scheduled injunction hearings in both counties. This advocate can be reached at 352-318-4852.

For more detailed information about the services available in Bradford and Union Counties, please click here for our Rural Services page??.

Thank you to the generosity of J.K. “Buddy” Irby, the Union County Health Department, and the Bradford County School Board for providing space for these programs.