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Recruitment for Lawyers for Sexual Violence Legal Support Services Program

The Sexual Violence Legal Support Service (SVLSS) is a program of the Journey Project, an ongoing collaboration between the Public Legal Information Association of NL (PLIAN) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Sexual Assault Crisis and Prevention Centre (NLSACPC). The SVLSS is a partnership with the Department of Justice and Public Safety of Newfoundland and Labrador. The program launched in June 2018, and to date has supported 87 clients from across Newfoundland and Labrador and beyond, 63 of whom chose to connect with a lawyer.

This service is available to individuals of any age who have experienced sexual violence and either currently reside in the province or experienced sexual violence in the province. Clients will be eligible to receive up to four hours of free legal advice from a lawyer participating in the service. Survivors who wish to access this service will first contact a Legal Support Navigator working with The Journey Project, who will provide a referral to a lawyer registered with the program if requested. Lawyers will be compensated, at Legal Aid rates, for their time spent directly consulting with clients referred by the Legal Support Navigators. Lawyers from all regions of the province are strongly encouraged to participate.

At this time, we are seeking lawyers who practice in all areas of law, but we have a significant need for those who practice in criminal law and sexual harassment in the workplace.

Lawyers who wish to participate in this program must agree to:

• Complete a free half-day training session on working with survivors of sexual violence through a trauma-informed lens (training to be offered in St. John’s and via webinar in September 2019);
• Consult with clients in person where feasible, with the option of also agreeing to consult via telephone and/or via Skype/FaceTime in order to ensure accessibility;
• Participate in evaluation of this program through contact with the Journey Project team.

We invite interested lawyers to register for this program by completing and returning the attached form. To request additional information, you may contact the Legal Support Navigation Team at 709-722-2805 or support@journeyprojectnl.com

SVLSS – Registration Form