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While the criminal justice system has for some time been focused on the problem of domestic violence, it is only recently that the issue is being approached as a public health problem, one that sends thousands of women to hospital emergency rooms each year. Watson cautioned that one had to be cautious with this approach.'' Domestic violence is not a medical problem; it has a medical impact,'' she said.
Both programs are available for women outside as well as inside the shelters.
Northern Westchester's program, which began last month, will provide trained legal advocates and lawyers for women seeking orders of protection and will help them with both legal and emotional support as they go through either Family Court or Criminal Court.'' We want to strengthen the woman's resolve to continue her efforts to hold her abuser accountable because it becomes a very intimidating, frightening and potentially dangerous thing to pursue justice,'' Ms. '' They hear everything from, ' You'll never see your children again,' all the way to, ' I'll kill you if you say a word about me,' or, ' You'll be sorry,' and you are left to yourself to figure out what he means.'' The legal services program at My Sister's Place, which began several months ago, works closely with the Putnam/Westchester Legal Services Administration.
The new initiatives go beyond physical expansion of havens for battered women.
New legal services programs to help women navigate their way through the criminal justice system have been set up by both shelters.