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12-29-7. Domestic abuse court advocacy project

(a) There is established within the court system a domestic abuse court advocacy project to provide the services as set forth in subsection (b) of this section. The administrator of the court system may contract with a nonprofit agency or organization which has a demonstrated record of service to victims of domestic violence for the purpose of operating the project.

(b) The responsibilities of the project shall include, but not be limited to:

(1) Advising victims of domestic violence crimes of their rights pursuant to chapter 28 of this title, and assisting victims in securing those rights;

(2) Informing victims of the availability of protective orders and assisting victims in obtaining those orders as appropriate;

(3) Referring victims to shelter services, counseling, and other social services, as appropriate; and

(4) Monitoring the justice system's response to and treatment of victims of domestic violence crimes.

(c) The project shall assure coordination with other victims services programs, shelters, and other organizations or agencies offering services to victims of domestic abuse.