As a public interest, not-for-profit law firm, Legal Services of Southern Missouri (LSSM) can provide unbiased legal representation for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking in the criminal cases against their abusers. The unbiased representation of victims in criminal court is not available through defense counsel, prosecuting attorneys or victim advocates. In an era of budget cuts and larger caseloads, LSSM is willing to provide the criminal courts with a new and more effective response to domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. We hope that this partnership will enhance victim rights and safety through the criminal prosecution process; by clarifying the attorney-client relationship for all parties and providing a more ethical and individualized system response.
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