Survivor-Defined Advocacy in the Civil Protection Order Process

John Costello, Alesha Durfee

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This study examines how lay legal advocates meet petitioners’ extralegal and legal needs during the protection order process using survivor-defined advocacy. We conducted interviews with 20 lay legal advocates and identified four ways in which advocates provided services consistent with survivor-defined advocacy, including court accompaniment, safety planning, meeting petitioners’ extralegal needs, and centering the survivor as the decision-maker. We discuss our results in light of previous research on survivor-defined advocacy and describe the implications in the context of current domestic violence law and policy, including the need to enhance lay legal advocates’ ability to provide survivor-defined approaches in their services.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)299-318
Number of pages20
Journalfeminist criminology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1 2020


  • advocacy
  • courts
  • domestic violence
  • intimate partner violence
  • protection orders
  • victim services

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Law


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