Legal Advocacy Program

The legal system can be difficult and confusing and when you are being victimized, the experience can be traumatizing. YWCA of the Upper Lowlands, Inc, provides assistance to individuals experiencing domestic violence, stalking or human trafficking in Clarendon, Sumter, and Lee Counties. Understanding the impact that violence has on individuals, the Legal Advocacy Program offers trauma-informed support to all survivors as they explore their options in the criminal justice system. Court Advocates are available by appointment and intake. 


  • Information and assistance related to protective orders

  • Assistance in filing paperwork related to custody, visitation, or child support

  • Accompaniment to interviews with law enforcement or to the  Commonwealth’s Attorney

  • Court preparation assistance

  • Assistance in filing for Legal Aid Representation

  • Limited assistance in petitioning for VAWA

  • Assistance in completing paperwork for the SOVA Victims Fund

  • Information and referral to other agencies and resources on the Midlands area

  • Referral to Contract Attorney for consultation 

  • All Legal Advocacy services provided are confidential and provided at no cost. We provide services to anyone who has sexual and domestic violence regardless of race, gender, age, national, origin, gender identity or expression, faith, sexual orientation, disability and ethnicity.

Volunteers and Interns Needed for this Program


  • Paralegal Interns

  • Criminal Justice Interns

  • Legal Advocate Volunteers

Online Referral for Services

(for victim service providers)