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A nationally recognized education, service and research organization based in the School of Law that combats domestic violence by providing legal advocacy services to battered women and training lawyers and other professionals to work effectively with victims of abuse. DVI provides clinical training opportunities for law students who can participate in an intensive abuse prevention clinic at Dorchester District Court or interview women patients in the Boston Medical Center's Emergency Department and provide them with appropriate violence prevention services. DVI is a founding partner of the Dorchester Community Roundtable, a national demonstration project funded with a $1.4 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It seeks to strengthen advocacy services to battered women; sponsor new programs to assist children who witness violence in their homes; create education and intervention programs directed toward teen dating violence; and identify effective strategies for intervening with perpetrators. Its success led the Department of Justice to award Dorchester a $9 million, five-year grant to create a model Domestic Violence Court; Northeastern faculty serve on the court’s advisory board and supervise its Civil Advocacy Office. With the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts, DVI has developed a Family Law Network that supports attorneys who represent battered women in complex child custody, support and visitation cases. This network, developed with funding from the Soros Foundation, links the law school with family law practitioners and battered women through an interactive Web site that provides comprehensive online legal resources. In addition, Northeastern faculty teach a Family Law Litigation seminar on the challenges that battered women face in family law courts. A post-graduate fellowship program offers new lawyers the opportunity to participate in DVI’s work and train as domestic violence advocates and clinical researchers. Founded in 1993.