Interactive Community Assistance Network
An internet-based system is now available to help citizens filing for Family Abuse Protection Orders in Virginia. Loudoun County has developed information to help citizens access this system.
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
About the System
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 VSTOP grant from the Virginia Dept of Criminal Justice Services.
The I-CAN! system creates properly formatted petitions and educates users on court practices and the steps needed to pursue their matter. I-CAN! asks the user 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 Services for filing. The system can be used anywhere a person has 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 who were trained on the use of the system and reviewed Loudoun County’s Court practices and policies. The group developed information for citizens to assist them in using the court such as:
- How to find the court
- What to expect in court
- What time the court reviews petitions for protection orders
- How to find other services and legal assistance
This detailed, Loudoun-specific information is posted on the Virginia I-CAN! website.
For More Information
For more information about I-CAN!, contact DART Coordinator Josephine Gonzalez by email