Turning Point offers confidential resources to individuals and families.
PA Safe Law
Victims of domestic violence and other crimes in Pennsylvania can access a network of experienced licensed attorneys for free and credible legal information, resources, and referrals for help navigating a variety of civil legal matters including domestic and sexual violence, divorce, custody, immigration, support cases, and more. Attorneys are available Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. to answer legal questions and provide legal information, resources and referrals via phone, chat, or email.
www.PaSafeLaw.org or call at 1-833-727-2335
Lawyer Referral Service & Bar Association
The Lawyer Referral Service provides a much needed opportunity for individuals to obtain legal advice for a modest fee. On request, the Lawyer Referral Service office will make an appointment for participating clients with a lawyer who is a member of the Lawyer Referral Service of Lehigh or Northampton County.
For a half-hour consultation with an attorney, the cost paid to the Lawyer Referral Service is $35.00 (as of 1/1/19). If more legal work is needed, this can be arranged at a cost agreed upon by the client and the attorney who does the work.
Bar Association of Lehigh County or call at (610) 433-7094
Northampton County Bar Association or call at (610) 258-6333
Custody, Support, and Divorce
Here at Turning Point our Legal Advocates are not attorneys. We cannot give you legal advice. We cannot tell you what to do. We offer information, resources, referrals, and services. Turning Point is unable to assist with the filing of any Court paperwork.
For more information about state and local resources on custody, support, and divorce, click here.
PA SAVIN or Pennsylvania’s Victims Notification Services
If the offender is in a county jail, you can receive notifications on offender movements:
- When the offender is released from jail
- If the offender escapes
- If the offender is transferred to another location
- Register at www.vinelink.com
Crime victims in PA whose offender has been sentenced to the PA Department of Corrections or the PA Parole Board have the right to register for services available through the Office of Victim Advocate. This includes family members of homicide victims and parents of minor victims.
OVA is different from the county advocacy program. Once an offender receives a state sentence, the county will no longer send notifications. To continue to receive notifications throughout the criminal justice process, crime victims/survivors should register with OVA.
Registered victims will be notified if/when the offender:
- becomes parole eligible
- is considered for any release program
- escapes, and is recaptured
- transfers to a state mental health facility
- writes an apology letter
- applies for clemency (pardon or commutation)
Additionally, testimony provided through OVA to the PA Parole Board, is covered by confidentiality laws and cannot be subpoenaed.
Registration with OVA is voluntary. Please Follow this link for registration info: https://www.ova.pa.gov/SafetyandSupport/Registration/Pages/default.aspx