York Countians seeking legal assistance have a new resource

Matt Enright
York Dispatch

A new center is opening at YWCA York on Thursday to provide legal services for York County clients.

The new facility, at 327 Reinecke Place in York City, will provide services to those impacted by violence. The staff has expertise in working with victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking.

The center can assist in preparing and filing petitions for civil protection, preparing cease and desist letters, creating safety plans and accompanying victims to interviews with law enforcement, criminal hearings and civil protection hearings.

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The project is funded through a Neighborhood Assistance Program award from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.

That program provides tax credits to businesses that make charitable contributions in support of neighborhood revitalization projects. Community partners include M&T Bank, Northwest Bank, PeoplesBank and Traditions Bank.

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Legal advocates are available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Protection From Abuse Office in the York County Judicial Center, 45 N. George St., as well as at the new legal center.

Those interested in legal assistance may call YWCA York’s hotline at 1-800-262-8444 or the PFA office at 717-771-9662.

— Reach Matt Enright via email at menright@yorkdispatch.com or via Twitter at @Matthew_Enright.