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Our clients
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Voices Against Violence 2016

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Effective legal representation is the single most effective factor in whether are able to escape the domestic violence cycle.
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Fighting for survivors and
at-risk children in court
Read about our work here.

Helping Domestic Violence Victims & At-Risk Children

Mom Holding Baby UpThe DC Volunteer Lawyers Project provides pro bono legal assistance to domestic violence victims and at-risk children in Washington, DC.

In 2016, our volunteer and staff attorneys represented  victims in nearly 400 civil protection order and family law cases, and served as court-appointed advocates for 104 vulnerable children. Throughout the legal process, our social worker provides support services to our clients to ensure the best long-term outcomes. With our community partners, we also provided 350 victims with legal, housing and counseling services at our Domestic Violence Resource Clinic.

Volunteer Trainings

For full details, or to RSVP, please click here.

Lunch & Learn: Office of the Parenting Coordinator
February 21st, 12-1:30PM

Litigating Family Law Cases for DV Survivors
March 7th, 10AM-2:30PM

Representing an At-Risk Child as a Guardian Ad Litem
March 15th, 9:30AM-2:30PM

Litigating Civil Protection Orders for DV Survivors
May 4th, 10AM-2PM

Online Trainings
DCVLP offers online versions of our 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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