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Women's Law Initiative

womens law logoWomen's Law is an award winning website that provides easy-to-understand legal information and resources to women living with or escaping domestic violence or sexual assault. Women's Law  provides state-specific legal information for domestic violence and information on getting help in your community. Women's Law also provides help through email directly to women and advocates throughout the U.S.

Legal Resource Center on Violence Against Women

The Legal Resource Center works to obtain legal representation for domestic violence survivors in interstate custody cases and to provide technical assistance to domestic violence victim advocates and attorneys in such cases. 

Battered Women's Justice Project

The Battered Women's Justice Project is a national resource center on the most promising practices of the civil and criminal justice systems in response to domestic violence. BWJP provides information, analyses, technical assistance, and trainings for advocates, law enforcement, prosecutors, judges, probation officers, policymakers, civil attorneys, and victims of domestic violence. BWJP partners with the National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women to provide technical assistance and consultation on cases involving battered women charged with crimes.

National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women

The National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women is a resource and advocacy center for battered women charged with crimes related to their battering. Through its work, the organization aims to increase justice for — and prevent further victimization of — arrested, convicted, or incarcerated battered women.

The National Clearinghouse works with battered women who have been arrested and are facing trial, as well as those who are serving prison sentences. Most frequently, these cases involve women who have defended themselves against life-threatening violence at the hands of their abuser, and have been charged with assault or homicide. We also assist in cases where women have been coerced into crime by their abuser, are charged with "failing to protect" their children from their abuser's violence, or are charged with “parental kidnapping” after fleeing to protect themselves or their children from their abuser.

National Clearinghouse staff provide customized technical assistance to battered women charged with crimes and to members of their defense teams (defense attorneys, advocates, expert witnesses and others).

The National Clearinghouse does not provide direct representation to battered women charged with crimes. Rather, staff provides information and resources to defense teams at any stage of the legal process (pre-trial, when the case is on appeal, and in limited circumstances, during post-conviction proceedings)

National Crime Victims Law Institute

NCVLI works to ensure that victims of crime are informed of their rights and can find resources to enforce their rights. We provide general information on our website about the rights of crime victims and also provide referral information to other agencies that may be able to provide direct assistance. NCVLI does not, however, provide legal advice to victims, cannot conduct research on individual victim’s cases, and cannot serve as an individual victim’s attorney.  See list of State Crime Victim Law Clinics here

American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence

The Commission on Domestic Violence does not provide lawyer referrals nor do they give legal advice to survivors of domestic violence.  The Commission provides individualized support to attorneys representing victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking that includes research assistance, sample practice tools, model pleadings, and access to experts in the field. Commission members, Liaisons and Commission staff include national experts in many areas of domestic violence and the law.  In addition, the Commission has many web-based resources and publications that may be helpful to victims and their attorneys.

American Bar Association's Legal Help Directory

Law Help

LawHelp is your gateway to America's nonprofit legal aid providers.  Law Help provides state by state lists to help low and moderate income people find free legal aid programs in their communities, and answers to questions about their legal rights.  Topics include family and juvenile,  housing, work, bankruptcy, disability, immigration, public benefits, discrimination and more. 

National Crime Victim Bar Association

The NCVBA provides technical support to attorneys representing crime victims in civil actions, refers crime victims to lawyers in their local area, and works to increase general awareness about the availability of civil remedies for victims of crime.

Victim Law

VictimLaw has been designed as a comprehensive, user-friendly, on-line database of victims’ rights statutes, tribal laws, constitutional amendments, court rules, administrative code provisions, and case summaries of related court decisions that meets the needs of a wide variety of users with different levels of substantive and technological expertise. The Web site also offers brief overviews of the justice system, victims’ rights, legal terms, and links to additional resources on related issues. VictimLaw also includes case summaries of officially published appellate court decisions.

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