Lynchburg Protective Order Advocacy Program
is focused on providing personalized assistance throughout the civil process on protective orders. Because of this work, the advocates help to build trust and victims feel less isolated, fearful, and resistant to the process. Advocates meet face-to-face with victims and discuss safety concerns, help complete the paperwork that must be submitted to the Court, and make referrals for services and community resources. The goals are to help victims make informed decisions regarding their and their childrens' safety, to inform and refer to available community resources and services that can assist them, and to help them navigate the civil court process.
The Protective Order Advocates offices are located at the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court, 909 Court Street, Rooms 11 and 12, in Lynchburg. Three advocates serve this program. Debbie Drake, the full-time advocate, works 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. each week day. Pam Cooke and Norma Hepler are the part-time advocates. Pam is available 8:30 a.m to 5:00 p.m on Monday and Tuesday, and Norma is available 8:30 a.m to 5:00 p.m on Wednesdays and Thursdays. The numbers to schedule an appointment to meet with one of the advocates are (434) 485-8311 or (443) 485-8312. Walk-ins are welcome during work week. If a victim of domestic violence needs assistance after hours, victims are encouraged to call the YWCA Domestic Violence Prevention Center at (434) 528-1041 or the toll free line at 1-(800) 528-1041.