"Trauma Informed Legal Advocacy" will address the needs of survivors who are involved in criminal, civil or family law proceedings related to Domestic Violence. Often the legal system is just one of many complicated issues a survivor is managing and it can be overwhelming and traumatic. However, it is a system that can have a profound effect on a survivor’s safety whether they be testifying at a criminal or probation violation hearing, ﬁling for custody, or defending a contested protective order. Supporting a survivor effectively in these proceedings can be vitally important to the outcomes of their case. Through lecture. powerpoint, and workshop discussion we will examine the emotional impact of court appearances, and the potential trauma of facing an abuser again and addressing the abuse (often for the ﬁrst time) in front of not only the abuser, but also a judge, attorneys, and other strangers. We will also address some barriers and concerns for speciﬁc communities such as immigrants, persons of color, those with addictions and mental illness, the homeless, and women on probation. We will present approaches to providing trauma informed advocacy and empowerment for all survivors impacted by the legal system and safety planning tips for hearing dates and potential court outcomes.