Policy and Advocacy

DCVLP uses its one-on-one experience with victims and at-risk children to advocate for better policies, legislation, and increased funding. We are active members of a number of local groups including:

DC Consortium of Legal Service Providers

DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Victim Assistance Network (DC Office of Victim Services)

Victim Legal Network of DC

Amicus Brief

DCVLP has signed onto a number of amicus briefs in support of domestic violence victims. An amicus brief is submitted to the court by a third party as “a friend of the court” in order to assist the court in making its decision. It can be an effective way to assist the victim in the present case and improve case law for future victims/litigants facing the same legal issues.