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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.

Thank you to our top sponsors: Adrienne Arsht, Hogan Lovells, Mitsui, Pfizer, Sachiko Kuno Foundation and Williams & Connolly!

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.

In 2016, our dedicated volunteer and staff attorneys handles nearly 400 civil protection order and family law cases on behalf of victims, and served as court-appointed advocates for 104 vulnerable children living with abuse, neglect and other difficult circumstances.

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 Clinic.

Volunteer Trainings

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

Advocating for Clients Receiving Child Support
May 2nd – Assistant AG Matthew LaFratta will answer critical questions about child support.

New Volunteer Training: Litigating Protection Order Cases for Domestic Violence Survivors
May 4th – Gain supervised, in-court litigation experience in just two weeks, while changing lives.

Online Trainings
We offer online versions of all 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. 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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