The Project has two primary objectives. The first is to empower domestic violence survivors by giving them a voice in their abuse prevention hearings and family law cases. We seek to prevent further abuse, homelessness, loss of child custody, and to decrease repeated court hearings. The Project's second objective is to engage lawyers in pro bono service and, thus, make them stakeholders in issues involving low-income domestic violence survivors.
Started by a small group of WBA members in 1995, the Family Law Project for Battered Women is the largest pro bono program at the Women’s Bar Foundation. In 2014, we fielded 1,660 calls to the intake line, conducted an intake evaluation with 404 of those callers, referred 128 cleints for full representation by a volunteer attorney and provided brief service and counsel to 276 clients. In addition, the Project trained 150 attorneys in domestic violence, divorce, custody, and other issues related to family law.