As we head into the season of renewal (and locally, the season of mud and springtime snowstorms!) I am excited at the sense of possibility that pervades Ascend Justice at this moment. The past year has tested all of us. We’ve uncovered weaknesses and inequities, especially in the systems in which we work. We’ve also witnessed incredible resilience and strength and we’ve cultivated ingenuity and defiant optimism. In the coming weeks, we will be able to announce an example of that defiant optimism — an important new way that we are able to serve survivors of gender-based violence.
For now, I’m proud to share some ways that Ascend Justice has been educating the community – and how we’ll be celebrating in just a few short months.
COVID-19 and Domestic Violence
Danielle Parisi Ruffatto, Ascend Justice’s Director of Emergency Services, spoke with ABC-7 Chicago this month about the increase in domestic violence during the COVID-19 pandemic. She also discussed our Remote Order of Protection Hotline and how it works with survivors to access our services and makes getting an Order of Protection more accessible.
Celebration of Courage 2021
Remote Order of Protection Clinic helps its 400th survivor!
We launched our Remote Order of Protection Hotline in April 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to help survivors access the courts. Last month, we celebrated our Remote OP Hotline helping its 400th survivor to keep them and their families safe, without ever needing to come into the court.
This accomplishment wouldn’t be possible without the dedicated volunteers and interns who work with our Emergency Services Staff Attorneys to prepare the Petition for the Order of Protection over the phone, file the paperwork with the court, and attend the Zoom hearing with these clients or the funders who continue to support this life-saving work.
Club Pilates Class Fundraiser