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


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)

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.

Volunteer Lawyer Trainings

DC Public Benefits | June 28th, 12PM-1:30PM at DCVLP
Join us for a lively and informational “lunch and learn” discussion of DC public benefits – including an overview of programs, eligibility, the application process, and re-certification.  The following benefit programs will be discussed: Medicare/Medicaid, SNAP, TANF (and the proposed changes), SSI/SSDI, Child Care Subsidy, and WIC. Please RSVP to Emilia Plater-Zyberk.

Online Volunteer Trainings
DCVLP offers online versions of our required trainings for each volunteer practice area. To request access, please email Emilia Plater-Zyberk.

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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