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First Lady Michelle Obama with Event Co-Chairs Kathleen Biden & Tisha Hyter Voices Against Violence April 20, 2016.

Annual Report 2015


Effective legal representation is the single most effective factor in whether are able to escape the domestic violence cycle.

Vice President Joseph Biden (shown with Kathleen Biden)

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


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 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.

Attorney Trainings and Events

Please click here to view our full Fall 2016 calendar. To RSVP to an event, please email

Lunch & Learn: History of the Intra-Family Offenses Act
September 27, 12PM-1:30PM at DCVLP

Representing At-Risk Children as a Guardian Ad Litem
September 29, 9:30AM-2:30PM at DCVLP

Litigating Civil Protection Order Cases for DV Survivors
October 6, 10AM-2PM at DCVLP

Online Volunteer Trainings
DCVLP offers online versions of all volunteer trainings. For access, please email Emilia Plater-Zyberk (

Stay Connected with DCVLP

Domestic Violence Resource Clinic

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   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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