With a growing number of women seeking help in Ector County, the Crisis Center needed help; they found that help in the form of an attorney who is now helping to sort out the legal side on many of their cases.
“I’m a firm believer that finances shouldn’t stop someone from having access to the court system or to justice,” says Gaven Norris, Esq., The Crisis Center Staff Attorney.
The Center was given a grant from the Texas Bar to help support familes in the Permian Basin
Communication & Development Coordinator, Hannah Horick, says it will pay for “court fees and filing fees things like that. Translator fees is another really big one because we have a lot of clients who are non english speakers.”
Norris says the Texas Bar grant is a start, however, he sees the program growing in the near future. “We are probably on pace at this point to have roughly about 120 to about 160 legal cases.”
And that number is growing every day. “We put in 40 hrs a week just on these cases,” says the Attorney
Time he doesn’t mind spending after seeing the impact the Crisis Center is making.
“There is nothing more gratifying than knowing that we’ve been able to protect a parent but more importantly to be able to protect a child.”
Horrick says they are fortunate because not every Crisis Center in Texas has legal services available to their clients who deal with domestic violence.
“They need to be able to seperate their finances or protect their kids. Having this service means that we can help them do all those things,” says Horrick