Elon Law’s Emergency Legal Services program, a resource embedded in Alamance and Guilford counties’ Family Justice Centers, has been renewed for two more years through a $1.2 million grant from the Governor’s Crime Commission.
The program “has assisted thousands of women and children across Guilford and Alamance counties,” Elon Law says, helping victims of domestic abuse, sexual violence and elder abuse with legal consultations, help with drafting complaints for restraining orders, and child custody issues.
Alamance County’s Family Justice Center opened in 2010 in the county’s renovated Department of Social Services building on Martin Street in Burlington. Five years later, Guilford County launched its own Family Justice Center on Greene Street downtown. A location opened in High Point in 2018.
Elon Law established its legal services program in both centers in 2016 when the Governor’s Crime Commission awarded a startup grant of $1.3 million. The grants fund salaries and benefits for three intake attorneys, four contract attorneys, and an administrative assistant, plus various expenses related to professional development and office operation.