Robin gave me some of the information she received at the recent Equal Justice Conference in Orlando. A handout from the ABA Commission on Domestic Violence immediately stood out to me. They are creating a National Domestic Violence Pro Bono Legal Service Provider Directory. This directory will increase the number of pro bono attorney’s working with victims of domestic violence. The directory will be available this summer on their website ProBono.Net. Through programs in the directory the Commission will use, train and mentor volunteer lawyers. The directory will make access to the legal process easier for victims of domestic violence.
Domestic violence is an enormous problem in South Carolina. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 35,894 people were victims of domestic violence. Domestic violence resulted in 28% of the murders in South Carolina in 2006. The South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault reports that South Carolina ranks 2nd in the nation for the number of women killed by men.
If you are an attorney interested in helping victims of domestic violence visit www.abanet.org/domviol to see how you can help. You can also receive CLE credit by watching a Webinar series on Domestic violence. But hurry, the Webinar ends May 27th!