Integral to the Institute’s mission is a commitment to empowering clients and client communities so that they can articulate and advance their own legal strategies and resolutions---both in their individual cases and in advocating for changes in the legal system that will benefit all victims. We do this by making our faculty, staff and students available to support clients in a wide range of community based advocacy groups and institutions---offering basic abuse prevention services to individual clients, expedited referrals of community group members to cooperating lawyers for legal representation in more complex matters, assistance in securing institutional and financial support, and the opportunity to participate in collaborative research and demonstration grants.

First Year Opportunities for Involvement: Legal Assistance to Victims Project (LAV)

Students can participate in the work of the Domestic Violence Institute (DVI) beginning in their first year of law school by volunteering for the Legal Assistance to Victims (LAV) project, a unique interdisciplinary collaboration with Casa Myrna, the largest domestic violence advocacy organization in Boston.  Through funding from the Office for Violence Against Women, the LAV project seeks to connect individuals impacted by domestic violence with legal services, at those places they may first turn to for help. DVI/LAV team members will be working in the community to provide direct advocacy and focused community education, with the goal of helping individuals identify options to move toward breaking the cycle of violence and increasing their capacity for self-determination.

To Volunteer

  • Attend the DVI Fall Domestic Violence Awareness Training on Friday, September 15, 2017, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. and 3:00-7:30 p.m. (see registration link below)
  • Submit application for participation by Monday, September 18, 2017. 
  • If accepted, complete additional 12.5 hours of training on: 
    Working with survivors
    Client Centered Interviewing
    Issue Spotting and Locating Resources
    Working with Community Partners
  • LAV Training Dates

DVI Fall Domestic Violence Awareness Training | Friday, September 15, 2017

  • What does “domestic violence” mean?
  • Why is it important to differentiate it from other types of violence that may happen in relationships?
  • Why don’t victims just “leave”?  
  • Do batterers hit because they just “lose it”?
  • How is a child impacted when one parent uses abuse against the other?
  • What are red flags someone may be in danger?

Participants will learn about the basics of identifying domestic violence and begin examining the complexity of seeking solutions. Check back often for details as they are confirmed.  

To register for the DVI Fall Awareness Training:

For more information about the Domestic Violence Institute, please contact:

Margo Lindauer
Director, Domestic Violence Clinic
Northeastern University School of Law and Bouvé College of Health Sciences
140 Dockser Hall
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 373-8617

Jennifer Howard
Supervising Attorney Domestic Violence Institute
Northeastern University School of Law
140 Dockser Hall
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 373-8249