RFTA Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to receive legal services through RFTA, clients must be coming as a referral from a shelter or other agency we partner with, and must meet the following criteria:

  • Have been working with shelter services or another agency for a period of time before seeking legal services. Examples include counseling, support groups, shelter residency, and participation with the states attorney in prosecution of her abuser. Orders of Protection are excluded from this requirement and are subject to approval on a case-by-case basis.
  • Have applied for, and been denied services through other local legal organizations such as DuPage Legal Aid and Prairie State Legal.
  • Be living at or near the poverty line. We do not count her partner’s income.
  • Be leaving a relationship where physical or sexual abuse has occurred between her and her partner.
  • Has already left the relationship. We may be able to help a client who is still living in the communal home, contingent on her being prepared to formalize a safety plan, secure alternate housing if needed (a shelter is fine), and outlining the beginnings of a future financial independence plan. Orders of Protection are excluded from this requirement.
  • Must be a legal US citizen. As a new organization with limited manpower, we are currently unable to represent cases with the added complexity of immigration issues, yet we hope to expand to include those cases in the future.
  • Must have a legal case that will be handled through the court system in DuPage, Will, Kendall, or Kane County.

RFTA Intake Forms

If your client meets our eligibility criteria, please have her fill out all three sets of intake forms below and either email them to us at risefromtheashes11@gmail.com or mail them to us at:

PO Box 91 Plainfield Il, 60544

We will review the application and be in contact with you as soon as possible!

*Please be aware that we are currently only able to accept clients who are living at the federal poverty level and meet our eligibility criteria. If your client has an extenuating circumstance please feel free to contact us with details.*