Domestic Violence—Access to Legal Assistance

            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!

-Allie

3 thoughts on “Domestic Violence—Access to Legal Assistance

  1. Some domestic violence cases comes from situations where there are real problems present with dangerous individuals. However, as unfortunate as it sounds, many DV accusations are unfounded, illegal, and stem from disputes in relationships where one person calls the police on another person out of spite, revenge, or in the heat of an argument. Domestic violence charges initiate from spouses, girlfriends, boyfriends, even family members or your roommate. The crime involves violence between anyone who lives in the same house together or who has ever lived in the same house.

    Even if the person who filed the report shows up to court to ask that the charges be dropped against their spouse or significant other, some judges may throw the person asking for the charges to be dropped in jail for filing a false police report, others may allow the case to be dismissed by the request of an attorney.

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