African American woman holding young son

Annual Report 2015


Research tells us effective legal representation is the single
most important factor in whether victims are able to escape
the domestic violence cycle.
- VP Joseph Biden (shown with DCVLP’s Board VP Kathleen Biden)

Hispanic woman with her daughter and son (who is whispering in mother's ear)


For years, Tanya’s husband locked her in their home and refused to let her take
their children to visit her family.

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Changing the Trajectory of Survivors’ Lives

Woman holding young childDCVLP, with 225 volunteer attorneys in 2015, provides pro bono legal assistance and support services to domestic violence victims and at-risk children in Washington, DC.

In 2015, our volunteers helped 600 of the most vulnerable people in our community achieve safety and stability by providing representation in civil protection order and family law cases, and serving as advocates for children at risk of serious harm. Throughout the legal process, our Client Advocate and Case Manager, a licensed clinical social worker, provides essential support and social services to our clients to ensure the best long-term outcome.

With our community partners, we provide holistic services at our Domestic Violence Resource Clinic, changing the trajectory of survivors’ lives, and connecting them with tools for a fresh start.

Events and Volunteer Attorney Trainings

Attorney Information Session | Sept. 15, 12-1:30PM
This brown-bag event will provide a close-up look at DCVLP’s various practice areas and volunteer opportunities. DC bar membership is not required to volunteer. To RSVP, please email Emilia Plater-Zyberk at

Representing DV Survivors in Custody and Divorce Cases Training | Sept. 22, 10AM-2:30PM
This training will provide a comprehensive overview of the process for litigating family law cases on behalf of DV survivors in DC Superior Court. To RSVP, please email

Lunch & Learn: Intrafamily Offenses Act | Sept. 27, 12PM-1:30PM
In DC, domestic violence is classified as “intrafamily violence.” Learn more about the IFO Act and how to best apply it in your cases at this brown-bag event. To RSVP, please email

Online Volunteer Trainings
DCVLP offers online versions of all required volunteer trainings. To request access, please email

Stay Connected with DCVLP

Domestic Violence Resource Clinic

Every Wednesday 1-3:30 pm

   Westminster Presbyterian Church
400 I Street SW | Waterfront Metro

 Email us

  (202) 425-7573

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“Working with DCVLP is amazing. It’s meaningful work, it’s an excellent learning environment, I’ve built an incredible professional network of people I respect in the utmost, and the attorneys employed by DCVLP are both incredibly helpful, and excellent mentors.”

– A DCVLP volunteer attorney

“Thank you for your support, knowledge and help. People come and go. That is life, but you will stay in my memory and heart forever.”

– A DCVLP client and survivor of domestic violence

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