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The National Domestic Violence Pro Bono Directory

The National Domestic Violence Pro Bono Directory is a comprehensive resource for volunteer lawyers seeking to assist victims of violence. Developed with the generous support of the Avon Foundation, Inc., the Directory includes a national, searchable database of programs providing pro bono legal services to victims of domestic violence: the Pro Bono Guide. This online directory includes the types of cases these programs accept - e.g., immigration, housing, protection order, family law; the scope of representation; the frequency and content of trainings for pro bono lawyers; and the on-going supervision and/or support provided to pro bono attorneys.

Volunteers can also find links to resources for attorneys on multiple topics related to domestic violence representation, and a comprehensive national and local training calendar. Additionally, local and national listserves can be created on an on-demand basis, to provide a quick and easy means of communication among programs and volunteers.

Our hope is that this vital directory will also identify gaps in the provision of pro bono legal services, link existing programs to address these gaps, help identify funding and support for additional programs, and identify opportunities for collaboration among pro bono programs to pool their resources.

Founded in 1994, the ABA Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence is the only national organization that focuses exclusively on improving the legal response to domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. The mission of the Commission is to increase access to justice for victims of domestic and sexual violence by mobilizing the legal profession. Recent studies have confirmed that access to legal representation is one of the most effective resources for victims to escape violent situations and to stay safe. The Commission addresses the acute need to increase the number of well-trained and supported attorneys providing representation to victims of domestic and sexual violence by providing on-going in-person, web-based, and telephonic training opportunities for attorneys, law students, and other legal advocates.

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Avon Foundation for Women

Since it was founded in 1955, the Avon Foundation has been committed to the mission to improve the lives of women and their families. In 2004 the Avon Foundation launched the Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program, which expanded a long history of Avon grassroots support of the domestic violence cause. The Speak Out program supports awareness, education, direct services and prevention programs for victims, including a special funding initiative for helping children affected by domestic violence. In the first two years of Speak Out, more than $7 million was awarded to domestic violence organizations across the US.

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Verizon Wireless' HopeLine program collects no-longer used wireless phones, batteries and accessories from any wireless service provider at our Communications Stores nationwide and puts the nation's most reliable wireless network to work in our communities by turning these unused wireless phones into support for victims of domestic violence.

Verizon Wireless is a recognized corporate leader for its commitment to preventing domestic violence and raising awareness of the issue. Our commitment to preventing domestic violence began in 1995 when the company - then Bell Atlantic Mobile - introduced its HopeLine program. For more than a decade, HopeLine has grown significantly and is now a multifaceted program that includes a successful phone recycling and re-use effort, financial support for local and national domestic violence organizations, community and corporate awareness programs, and partnerships with law enforcement agencies, professional sports teams, educational institutions and corporations nationwide.

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Need help? Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).