Project SAVE: Domestic Violence Services
Stopping Abuse through Victim Empowerment
Project SAVE assists survivors of domestic violence residing in Orleans Parish to obtain free emergency legal representation.
Staff attorneys help with legal orders to keep survivors of domestic violence safe and to protect their legal rights. These legal services may include temporary restraining and protection orders, temporary child support, custody, and use of property.
Attorneys may also make referrals to other social service and/or legal agencies as necessary.
Project SAVE Services – What to Expect
Free emergency legal services
Project SAVE has no income requirement. They help survivors regardless of their income level.
user-friendly process for scheduling an appointment
Almost everyone who calls to schedule an appointment has previously obtained their restraining order from court and has an upcoming hearing. An appointment is then scheduled for them to meet with a Project SAVE attorney. An email is then sent confirming the details of their appointment. If their appointment is a week or more away, a reminder is also sent a day or two before their appointment. Additionally, when someone calls who does not yet have a restraining order, if one of the attorneys is available, Project SAVE will set up an immediate appointment for them.
A convenient location with covered parking
Project SAVE is conveniently located only one block from Civil District Court. Parking in the attached garage is the same price as street meter parking, making it affordable for most clients. Project SAVE also has free parking passes for clients who need them. (And, for their convenience, clients are offered “curb-side” service when they are dropping off or picking up documents.)
A warm welcome in a safe, comfortable user-friendly environment
Project SAVE is located in a secure building. Visitors, whose names were previously submitted to Security by Project SAVE, are given access cards to use the elevators after presenting a photo I.D. Visitors give regular feedback expressing how they are made to feel very welcome by the Security staff. Project SAVE’s office suite has a relaxing, quiet atmosphere. There is usually only one (or two at the most) visitors at a time, adding to the survivor’s privacy. Visitors are warmly greeted by their name upon arrival and offered something to drink. An array of snacks in the reception area is available for visitors, as well as toys for their children. And, Project SAVE’s intake forms were recently shortened to reduce appointment time for the visitor’s convenience. (Visitors are also given the option of filling out the intake forms at home prior to the appointment, if needed, to save them time.)
The most experienced domestic violence attorneys in the city of New Orleans
Attorneys Allyson Tuttle and Joan Miller have practiced domestic violence law exclusively for over 16 years. Over the last five years they have averaged an incredible 96% success rate in gaining protection for survivors in cases that go to trial. In 2017, 26% of all Orleans Parish domestic violence protective orders were obtained through Project SAVE’s two attorneys.