Legal Help

The family and criminal court systems can be overwhelming. DAIS is here to help. DAIS Legal Advocates can help you with restraining orders, accompany you to court, and help answer your legal-related questions. Legal Advocates are not attorneys and cannot give legal advice.


The information below describes the legal services we provide. If you need to speak with a Legal Advocate, please call our 24-Hour Help Line at  (608) 251-4445, or Text Line at (608) 420-4638, or email


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Restraining Order Assistance


DAIS Legal Advocates can help you file for a restraining order, plan for your safety, prepare for the final injunction hearing (for a long-term restraining order), provide support during the hearing, and offer advocacy in the civil court system.


There is more than one type of restraining order.  The Restraining Order Grid explains differences between Domestic Abuse and Harassment Restraining Orders, including the protections they offer and who is eligible. Restraining orders also exist for child abuse and individuals at risk.  A Legal Advocate can provide information about these restraining orders.


A restraining order cannot guarantee your safety.  Developing a safety plan is an important part of the restraining order process.


How to Get a Restraining Order


Please click on the following links to learn more about what to expect when you file for a restraining order.  Getting a restraining order is a two-part process.  First, a temporary restraining order (TRO) is granted.  Then, if the person requesting a restraining order wants a longer-term restraining order (injunction), s/he must come back to court for a hearing in front of a judge.


Legal Resource List


Immigration resources 


Catholic Multicultural Center – Immigration Legal Services  

Contact info: Phone: 608-441-0114; email:,+Immigration+Paralegal+%26+Program+Assistant. Office hours are Monday to Friday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm by appointment only; in-person or virtual options available. 


Summary: The mission of this program is to provide affordable immigration legal services to low/no income immigrants and refugees who are unable to afford the fees of a private attorney. CMC helps with Naturalization/Citizenship Applications, visa applications, DACA, U visas, green cards, and more.  


Centro Hispano of Dane County   

Contact info: (608)400-9469; or 


Summary:  DOJ (Department of Justice) Accredited Representatives provide consultation and assistance applying through USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services). 


Community Immigration Law Center   

Contact info: (608) 640-4444;  


Summary: The Community Immigration Law Center, Inc. (CILC) seeks to assist low-income immigrants with their immigration related issues by providing information, support, and referrals to immigration attorneys or accredited representatives.


Dane County Immigration Affairs   

Contact info: (608) 242-6260 or (608) 287-4004; or  


Summary: Immigration Affairs is an office composed of Bilingual (Spanish/English) Bicultural Social Workers that support the immigrant and refugee community within Dane County. The office provides case management services to meet immediate and long-term needs of clients. They also have funds for emergency services and other resources on their website.  


Freedom, Inc.  

Contact info: (608) 716-7324;  


Summary: Freedom, Inc. has advocates who help victims and survivors of domestic violence, intimate partner violence, and/or sexual assault get the help they need, such as immigration and citizenship attainment. These services are confidential and free. They serve: Low- to no-income Black and Southeast Asian women, girls, and LGBTQ+ people in the Madison area.  


Jewish Social Services of Madison   

Contact info: (608) 442-4081; 


Summary: JSS offers services to recent refugees to help them get settled in the Dane County area. They also help many individuals who have been granted asylum status in the US to receive healthcare, work permits, Social Security cards, and education opportunities.


UNIDOS Wisconsin 

Contact info: 1-800-510-9195 


Summary: UNIDOS provides culturally relevant services that address the realities of the Latinx communities we serve.