Domestic Violence Institute

Domestic Violence Institute

Integral to the Domestic Violence Institute’s mission is a commitment to empowering clients and client communities so that they can articulate and advance their own legal strategies and resolutions—both in their individual cases and in advocating for changes in the legal system that will benefit all victims.

We do this by making our faculty, staff and students available to support clients in a wide range of community based advocacy groups and institutions—offering basic abuse prevention services to individual clients, expedited referrals of community group members to cooperating lawyers for legal representation in more complex matters, assistance in securing institutional and financial support, and the opportunity to participate in collaborative research and demonstration grants.

First-Year Opportunities for Involvement: Legal Assistance to Victims Project(LAV)

Students can participate in the work of the Domestic Violence Institute (DVI) beginning in their first year of law school by volunteering for the Legal Assistance to Victims (LAV) project, a unique interdisciplinary collaboration with Casa Myrna, the largest domestic violence advocacy organization in Boston. Through funding from the US Department of Justice’s Office for Violence Against Women, the LAV project seeks to connect individuals impacted by domestic violence with legal services, at those places they may first turn to for help. DVI/LAV team members will be working in the community to provide direct advocacy and focused community education, with the goal of helping individuals identify options to move toward breaking the cycle of violence and increasing their capacity for self-determination.

To volunteer or register for the DVI Fall Awareness Training:

Upper-Level Opportunities through the Domestic Violence Clinic

Students in the Domestic Violence Clinic assist in the representation of victims of domestic violence in restraining order cases (209A) as well as victims of sexual assault in Harassment Order Cases (258E). Restraining orders in Massachusetts include a broad range of relief (including no abuse, stay away conditions, no contact conditions, home surrenders, child custody and child support), designed to help stop the violence or threats of future violence in a family or substantive dating relationships. The clinic also assists community-based domestic violence organizations in longer-term projects related to policy, programming and outreach.

 

 

For more information about the Domestic Violence Institute, please contact:

Margo Lindauer
Director, Domestic Violence Clinic
Northeastern University School of Law
140 Dockser Hall
416 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
email: m.lindauer@northeastern.edu
(617) 373-8617

Support the Domestic Violence Institute

Integral to the Institute’s mission is a commitment to empowering clients and client communities so that they can articulate and advance their own legal strategies and resolutions—both in their individual cases and in advocating for changes in the legal system that will benefit all victims. We do this by making our faculty, staff and students available to support clients in a wide range of community based advocacy groups and institutions—offering basic abuse prevention services to individual clients, expedited referrals of community group members to cooperating lawyers for legal representation in more complex matters, assistance in securing institutional and financial support, and the opportunity to participate in collaborative research and demonstration grants. Donations can be made a giving.northeastern.edu/live/profiles/323-domestic-violence-advocacy-project.