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 Program Manager.

TRAINING

When you complete the volunteer registration form, we will send you information to access our on-demand trainings. If you have already completed your volunteer registration, click here to access our Online Training Hub, or click here to register for an upcoming in-person training.

VOLUNTEER

If you are already registered and trained, 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.

The Domestic Violence Protection Order Clinic (DVPOC) operates on Mondays & Wednesdays from 1pm – 5pm virtually. Clients meet with volunteers by phone during a 1 hour clinic shift. Volunteer attorneys assist callers with their Civil Protection Order (CPO) cases by providing legal advice, drafting petitions, and making amendments. Spanish speaking volunteers are especially needed!

If you are a registered and trained volunteer, please sign up to staff a DVPOC shift here. Please contact our Domestic Violence Program Coordinator, Emmalyn Brown (ebrown@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.

These cases provide 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. All hearings are currently held virtually. Please contact our Domestic Violence Program Coordinator, Emmalyn Brown (ebrown@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.

The DV & Family Legal Clinic operates on Fridays from 10am – 1pm at The Commons at Stanton Square (2375 Elvans Rd SE, DC). Walk-in clients meet with volunteers in-person during their clinic shift. 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. Please contact our Domestic Violence Program Coordinator, Emmalyn Brown (ebrown@dcvlp.org), to sign up. You will be provided with more logistical details in advance of your shift.

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 relief at our Immigration Legal Clinic. The Immigration Legal Clinic operates on Wednesdays from 1pm – 4pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church (400 I St SW, DC). Clients meet with volunteers in-person during their clinic shift. Spanish speaking volunteers are especially needed! If you are a registered and trained volunteer, please contact our Domestic Violence Program Coordinator, Emmalyn Brown (ebrown@dcvlp.org), to sign up for a shift. You will be provided with more logistical details in advance of your shift.