African American woman holding young son

Our clients
Read their stories here.


Voices Against Violence 2016


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 DCVLP Advisory Board Member Kathleen Biden)


Fighting for survivors and
at-risk children in court
Read about our work here.

Fighting for Domestic Violence Victims & At-Risk Children

The DC Volunteer Lawyers Project provides pro bono legal assistance to hundreds of domestic violence victims and at-risk children each year. Our dedicated volunteer and staff attorneys handle protection order and family law cases on behalf of victims, and serve as court-appointed advocates for vulnerable children living with abuse, neglect and other difficult circumstances.

We also operate a weekly Domestic Violence Resource Clinic where victims can access legal, housing and counseling services in one, convenient location and assist victims at the Domestic Violence Intake Center located at DC Superior Court. Our Client Advocate provides safety planning, crisis counseling and access to social services throughout the legal process.

Volunteer Trainings & Events

Please click here to view a list of upcoming live trainings. To learn about online training opportunities, email us at

Our Clients: Jenna’s Story

The pit-bull was salivating on Jenna’s neck, waiting for the order to bite her. Her husband was barely holding back the dog on its leash to make sure Jenna knew who was in charge. Jenna endured this abuse and worse during her 7-year marriage. Read more.

“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. The attorneys employed by DCVLP are 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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