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 Domestic Abuse Survivors (FLP) is the largest pro bono program at the Women’s Bar Foundation. In 2017, FLP volunteer attorneys and mentors spent 7,206 hours representing clients in 131 full representation cases, and providing brief service and counsel to 207 clients. In addition, 237 attorneys participated in comprehensive training, and in new specialized trainings both in Boston and on Cape Cod.