What We Do > Legal Advocacy
Our legal advocates and volunteers provide assistance with the 209a restraining order process in 4 district courts in Essex County:
Salem, Lynn, Peabody, Gloucester, and Ipswich.
Advocates can assist you in completing the necessary paperwork and will explain the restraining orders process.
Legal advocates can accompany you in probate court for any domestic violence related matter, on a first come, first serve basis.
Please call HAWC's Lynn office 781-592-9900 x12 to schedule legal advocacy in probate court.
Legal advocates maintain a regular schedule in the 5 district courts and can accompany you on the following schedule (an appointment is not necessary within these hours):
- Salem & Lynn: M-F 9am-1pm
- Peabody: Monday 9am-11am
- Gloucester: Mon., Thurs., Fri. 9am-11:30am
*If you need an advocate outside of these hours, please call the hotline 1-800-547-1649
Emergency, after-hours assistance is available at Salem & Union Hospital Emergency Rooms and at the Beverly Police Department.
When you meet with a HAWC advocate, they will explain what happens at the 10 day hearing. It is essential for safety to be considered when obtaining a restraining order.
HAWC provides clients with the opportunity to meet with an attorney by appointment for legal advice. (Please note that this program does NOT include court representation.) Call the Salem (978-744-8552) HAWC also has a collaborative relationship with Neighborhood Legal Services in Lynn and will try to assist clients who cannot afford legal assistance.
If you have any questions about restraining orders, please call our hotline or contact a legal advocate.
Legal Advocates for the 4 district courts can be accessed by calling and leaving a detailed message at the following locations:
Salem (Main) Office:
978-744-2299 x 24
Gloucester Outreach Office:
Lynn Outreach Office:
Beverly Domestic Violence Unit