Resources for victims:
- Victims of domestic violence, parents and caregivers of at-risk children can get free legal assistance at one of our walk-in legal clinics. Click here for more information.
- For help with safety planning and resources, see DC SAFE’s Safety Planning Brochure.
- The DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence has a collection of helpful resources here.
- For what to do after you obtain a Civil Protection Order (CPO), click here (for DCVLP clients).
- The Tech Safety App helps users identify how abusers can harass them by misusing technology and learn what steps they can take to enhance their technology safety and privacy. For more info, click here.
- The Family Court Self-Help Center is a free walk-in service that provides unrepresented people with general legal information in a variety of family law matters (such as divorce, custody, visitation, child support).
- For information on assistance with mortgage payments, click here.
- For lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and other LGBT domestic violence victims, The DC Center for the LGBT Community offers a 24-hour violence response hotline: (202) 888-7222.
Resources for advocates:
- To learn about the benefits of legal representation for domestic violence victims, see Jennifer S. Rosenberg and Denise A. Grab, NYU School of Law: Institute for Policy Integrity, Supporting Survivors: The Economic Benefits of Providing Civil Legal Assistance to Survivors of Domestic Violence (July 2015)
- We continually evaluate our work to make ensure our services are effective, to ensure we are using best practices, and to effectively report to funders and donors. We have found materials from the DV Evidence Project to be particularly helpful in evaluating what we do.
- For DC laws regarding domestic violence, see the Code of the District of Columbia.
- For key findings on sexual violence see the “Global Status Report on Violence Prevention 2014”.
- Did you know that domestic violence can affect a child’s behavior in the classroom? See this article for more info.