INTAKE

We want to learn more about you!

When you complete the volunteer registration form, we will send you a link to schedule a 15 minute intake interview with a Volunteer Manager.

VOLUNTEER

Use the tabs below to browse our current volunteer opportunities.

Volunteers help domestic violence survivors find immediate safety from their abusers through a CPO, or “stay-away” order.

These cases provide supervised in-court litigation experience in a short time frame.

Average case length: 2-4 weeks.

Average time commitment: 15 hours.

Volunteers may sign up far in advance to represent a client on a certain hearing date, allowing busy attorneys to predict when they will need to be in court.

If you are a registered and trained volunteer, please use the form below to indicate your availability and be matched with a client. Please contact our Domestic Violence Program Manager with questions.


The COVID-19 Pandemic has had a detrimental effect on survivors of domestic violence, increasing the severity and frequency of the abuse they experience.

Just a few hours of your time makes a lasting impact.

Experienced DCVLP CPO volunteers (those who have registered, trained, volunteered in other remote clinics, and taken a CPO case previously with us) are invited to assist Petitioners with upcoming trials for a civil protection order (CPO) by providing brief advice on their cases, drafting Motions to Continue, Motions for Alternative Service, and making Amendments to their Petitions. Each volunteer will meet with a client for an hour time slot. This opportunity is currently available remotely.

If you are a registered and trained volunteer, please sign up to staff a DVPOC shift here. Please contact volunteer@dcvlp.org with questions.

Volunteers help domestic violence survivors and their children find long-term safety and stability through a permanent custody and/or divorce order.

Many of our clients come through referrals to our Remote and Walk-In Community Based Clinics. Some of our clients, after securing a CPO with DCVLP, will take the next step and petition for a divorce from their abuser, or for custody of a child-in-common.

DCVLP provides our volunteers with a full range of supervised litigation experience, including discovery, motions, negotiations, and hearings.

Average case length: 6-12 months with hearings every 2-3 months.

Currently, all Domestic Relations Branch (DRB) cases are being held virtually.

Please contact volunteer@dcvlp.org if you are interested in representing a Custody and Divorce client.

Having the guidance of a lawyer on protection orders, custody, and divorce matters helps survivors know their rights and increases their chances of securing safety and stability.

Just a few hours of your time makes a lasting impact.

There are two opportunities to assist survivors:

  1. Remote DV & Family Law Clinic on Tuesdays from 1:00pm to 5:00pm by phone. This is a new clinic opportunity and we are excited to share with our volunteers! Please see our Paladin Opportunities page through the sign up link below for a remote clinic shift.
  2. The DV & Family Legal Clinic at The Commons at Stanton Square (2375 Elvans Rd SE, DC) has resumed its in-person walk-in clinic operations on Fridays from 10:00am to 1:00pm.

In both clinics, volunteers provide legal advice on protection orders, custody, and divorce matters to domestic violence survivors and caregivers of at-risk children.

Training resources are available to get volunteers up to speed on the legal issues, and DCVLP supervising attorneys are available during each clinic to provide guidance.

This is a great way for busy attorneys to make a meaningful impact on the lives of survivors of violence. Spanish speaking volunteers are especially needed!

If you are a registered and trained volunteer, sign up here to staff a shift at our Family Legal Clinic. You will be provided with more logistical details in advance of your shift. Please contact volunteer@dcvlp.org with any questions.

Volunteers represent the best interests of children at serious risk of harm in custody cases, due to concerning factors such as abuse and domestic violence.

These cases provide substantial supervised experience in investigation, negotiation, and litigation. Average case length: 6-12 months with hearings every 2-3 months. All hearings are currently held virtually. Please contact our Client Advocate, Joy Castro-Wehr (jcastrowehr@dcvlp.org), if you are interested in representing the best interests of a child client as a Guardian ad litem.

Volunteers help immigrant survivors of violence and their families find relief through a variety of means, such as asylum, special visas for victims of crime, standby guardianship, and adjustments in status.

Activities include preparing applications for immigration relief, appearing at administrative hearings, helping survivors prepare for immigration interviews, and other activities. Average case length: varies depending on type of case. Average time commitment: 10-15 hours per month. Please contact Client Advocate, Joy Castro-Wehr (jcastrowehr@dcvlp.org), if you are interested in representing an immigrant survivor.

Immigration Legal Clinic

Empower immigrant survivors of gender-based violence with the information they need to secure immigration relief. We have training resources available to get volunteers up to speed on the legal issues, and we will have DCVLP supervising attorneys available during each shift to provide guidance. This is a great way for busy attorneys to make a meaningful impact on the lives of survivors of violence. SPANISH SPEAKERS ENCOURAGED TO VOLUNTEER!

Under normal circumstances, the Immigration Legal Clinic operates on Wednesdays from 1pm – 4pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church (400 I St SW, DC); however, it is currently operating remotely by telephone due to COVID-19.

If you are a registered and trained volunteer, please sign up for a shift here. You will be provided with more logistical details in advance of your shift. All questions can be directed to volunteer@dcvlp.org.