Tania’s Story: A Time To Leave
Tania knew it was time to leave. After several days of sheltering-in-place, her boyfriend became angry with her and backed her into a corner. He pushed her down on the bed, pinned down her arms, hit her in the face repeatedly, and smothered her with a pillow until she could not breathe.
Fortunately, Tania was referred to us and within 24 hours, a DCVLP attorney had helped her file a protection order petition through the new online system, represented her in a hearing by telephone, and helped her obtain an order allowing her to go back to the apartment with a police escort to retrieve her belongings. The DCVLP attorney also advised the client about her rights to break her lease, assisted her with assembling the necessary paperwork, and contacted the leasing office to provide written notice that the client was breaking the lease. DCVLP was able to place the case with a pro bono attorney for full representation, ensuring that Tania, who is now living with family members, will have access to advocacy throughout the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.