Interactive Community Assistance Network
An internet-based system is now available to help citizens filing for family abuse protection orders in Virginia. The Interactive Community Assistance Network
(I-CAN!) provides convenient and easy assistance with preparing court forms and information about local juvenile and domestic relations district courts.
I-CAN! was created by the Legal Aid Society of Southern California and adapted for use in Virginia by the Office of the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court of Virginia
through a Violence Against Women (V-STOP) grant from the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services
How It Works
The I-CAN! system creates properly formatted petitions and educates users on court practices and the steps needed to pursue their matters. I-CAN! asks the users a series of questions and uses the responses to properly complete a petition for a family abuse protection order that can be brought to the Loudoun Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court for filing. The system can be used anywhere where you have access to the internet - for example, at home, at a local library, in a domestic violence shelter, or at an attorney’s office.
Loudoun’s Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court and the Loudoun Domestic Abuse Response Team
(DART) convened a work group of local agencies and organizations trained to use the system and reviewed Loudoun County’s court practices and policies. The group developed information for citizens using the court such as:
- How to find the court
- How to find services and legal assistance
- What time the court reviews petitions for protection orders
- What to expect in court
This detailed, Loudoun-specific information is posted on the Virginia I-CAN! website
. For more information about I-CAN!, contact DART Coordinator Josephine Gonzalez by email