All of DCVLP’s adult clients live in poverty and are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, dating violence, or gender-based violence. Its child clients range in age from newborn through 17 years and are growing up in unsafe homes, facing violence, abuse, neglect, substance abuse, and/or untreated mental illness. All are in critical need of representation. DCVLP engages, trains, and supports hundreds of dedicated volunteer attorneys each year to handle emergency protection orders, custody, child/spousal support, divorce, and immigration cases for domestic violence victims, and to serve as court-appointed advocates for vulnerable children. It also operates walk-in/call-in clinics so residents can access legal advice on domestic violence, immigration, family law, and housing & employment rights related to domestic violence, and non-legal supports like social service referrals and safety planning. Last year DCVLP served over 2,100 victims and children. What’s the alternative?

Headquarters: DC-Ward 3

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; DC-Ward 1; DC-Ward 2; DC-Ward 3; DC-Ward 4; DC-Ward 5; DC-Ward 6; DC-Ward 7; DC-Ward 8; MD-Montgomery County; MD-Prince George's County; VA-Arlington County; VA-Fairfax County

Age Groups Served: Infants (0-2); Pre-K (3-4); Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+); All

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic; Other

Population(s) Served: All; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Women/Girls; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members

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