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 US Department of Justice’s 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 or register for the DVI Fall Awareness Training:

Training Dates to announced soon. 

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