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Title:Assisting Rural Domestic Violence Victims: The Public Librarian's Role
Author(s):Benson, Sara R.
Contributor(s):Davidson, Stephanie
Subject(s):Graduate School of Library and Information Science
Abstract:Rules prohibiting the unauthorized practice of law by non-lawyers serve many important purposes. However, they can also limit non-lawyers from engaging in otherwise helpful activities, particularly in the domestic violence legal arena. Laws against the unauthorized practice of law have been relaxed in some states, including Illinois, in the case of laypersons working to assist domestic violence victims in court as advocates. Librarians are ideally suited, especially in rural areas, to serve as advocates for domestic violence victims as well. Indeed, with the proper training, librarians could be an ideal partner to combating domestic abuse in rural areas, as many victims of domestic abuse are prevented from working outside the home and may only be permitted by their abuser to access public places, like a library, without punishment.
Issue Date:2016-04
Rights Information:Copyright 2016 Sara Rachel Benson
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-04-13

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