Kathy endured physical and emotional abuse by her husband for 24 years. When he finally left, she nearly lost her home to foreclosure. Terrified of becoming homeless, she turned to Legal Aid Chicago. With their help, Kathy was able to get a divorce, save her home, and create a stable life for herself. Watch Kathy’s story below:
The Civil Justice Connection
A survivor of domestic violence that lasted more than two decades, Kathy nearly lost her home to foreclosure after her husband left her with nothing. Legal Aid Chicago’s staff helped Kathy get the divorce and a loan modification to stop the foreclosure on her home.
Effective legal representation is the single most important factor in whether survivors can escape the cycle of physical abuse and economic coercion. Yet fewer than 1 in 5 low-income survivors ever get to see a lawyer. Because funding is scarce, legal aid organizations must turn away half of the eligible people who seek their help. Reforming our civil justice system is key to ensuring all domestic violence survivors get legal help when they need it.
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