Battered Families Services, Inc.

Legal Advocate / Non-Residential Case management Program

Protective Order

LEGAL ADVOCATE/NON-RESIDENTIAL CASE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM 

 

This program offers help to victims of recent or ongoing domestic violence to obtain an Order of Protection from their abuser in McKinley County, surrounding counties, Navajo Nation, and Pueblo of Zuni. 

 

Battered Families Services can: 

 

  • Help you fill out the Petition for Order of Protection from domestic abuse. 
  • File the petition in the 11th Judicial District Court in Gallup, NM. 
  • Provide courtroom support at telephonic and in-person hearings. 

 

The purpose of an Order of Protection (also known as a Restraining Order) issued under the Family Violence Protection Act is to stop the violence and prevent it from happening again. 

 

The first Order of Protection is a Temporary Order of Protection and lasts 10 days. 

 

The Court will hold another hearing, which you will be required to attend, to decide whether to continue the order as a longer-term Order of Protection. 

 

Battered Families Services can also help with the following: 

 

  • Counter - Petition for Order of Protection from Domestic Abuse. 
  • Domestic violence related Kinship Guardianship. 
  • Domestic violence related Caregiver’s Authorization Affidavit. 
  • Domestic violence related Power of Attorney. 
  • Free access to Notary Public for domestic violence related documents.  

 

McKinley County Resources for Free or Affordable Civil Legal Help  

 

                                            Contact:       W. Dee Velasco 

                                                                   Legal Advocate and Case Manager 

                                                                   Battered Families Services 

                                                                   207 South Strong Drive 

                                                                   Gallup, NM  87301 

 

Office:  505.722.6389 

Work cell:  505.567.4401 

Email:  velasco@batteredfamilies.com  

 

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