Posts Tagged domestic violence

Job o’ the Day: Legal Advocate at South Middlesex Opportunity Council in Massachusetts!

The Legal Advocate will provide direct services to victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault including cirsis intervention, counseling, support groups, case management, legal and medical advocacy, information and referral in accordance with VOCA allowable services. Community outreach and education is also a key part of this position. Rotating night and weekend on-call coverage required. Bilingual preferred.

Responsibilities include: The Legal Advocate will provide direct services to victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault including crisis intervention, counseling, support groups, case management, legal and medical advocacy, information and referral in accordance with VOCA allowable services. Community outreach and education is also a key part of this position. Rotating night and weekend on-call coverage required. Bilingual preferred.

To learn how to apply, see the listing at PSLawNet!

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Job o’ the Day: Legal Internship at Mil Mujeres in Los Angeles!

Mil Mujeres is a non-profit legal services organization dedicated to providing comprehensive immigration legal services to Spanish-speaking survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. 

Mil Mujeres is looking for legal interns for the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.

Ideal candidates will have a strong interest in using the law as a vehicle for social change and advanced Spanish language skills required.

To learn more, see the listing at PSLawNet!

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Good Work Alert: Helping Domestic Violence Victims by Protecting Fido

by Kristen Pavón

The University at Buffalo Law School Women, Children, and Social Justice Clinic started a new project aimed at removing a common barrier to safety for domestic violence victims — not having a safe place for their pets.

Between 25 and 40 percent of battered women with pets feel they can’t escape abusive situation because they worry what will happen to their animals if they leave. Seventy-one percent of pet-owning women entering shelters reported that their batterer had harmed, killed, or threatened family pets.

Through the new Animal Shelter Options for Domestic Violence Victims project, UB Law faculty and students provide individuals with resources to secure the safety of their pets and work to raise awareness about the link between domestic violence and pet abuse.

The Clinic has also developed an online database with information on programs that can either house victims’ pets or have a direct referral system to agencies that will accept pets.

You can learn more about the Women, Children, and Social Justice Clinic’s work here.

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Job o’ the Day: Staff Attorney Position at the Legal Aid Society of DC!

The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia is looking for an attorney for its Domestic Violence / Family Law Unit.

The Legal Aid Society was established in 1932 to “provide legal aid and counsel to indigent persons in civil law matters and to encourage measures by which the law may better protect and serve their needs.” Legal Aid is the oldest general civil legal services program in the District of Columbia.

The Staff Attorney will handle a caseload of family law cases, including custody, child support, protection orders, and divorce matters; interview prospective clients; participate in community outreach; and engage in systemic reform efforts.

To find out more and to learn how to apply, check out the listing at PSLawNet!

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Topeka Repealed Local Domestic Violence Law? Huh?

by Kristen Pavón

Huh?

That was my initial thought after reading an article in the NY Times about the repeal of a domestic violence law in Kansas. Seriously, people?

With slim budgets all around, dangerous games with people’s safety at stake are being played. Prosecutors are forced to play the priorities game — having to decide which cases they’ll take on and the ones they’ll let slide. City leaders play chicken — repealing laws hoping the county or state will pick up their slack.

This week, at a seemingly routine City Council meeting in Topeka, Kansas, domestic violence victims were on the losing end of these games.

By a vote of 7 to 3, the City Council repealed the local law that makes domestic violence a crime.

The thought behind this being that the state’s District Attorney would be forced to prosecute domestic violence cases because they would remain a crime under state law.

However, the problem is that the state is struggling financially as well.

Eighteen people have been arrested on domestic violence charges since September and released without charges because no agency is accepting new cases. That has raised concerns among advocates for victims of domestic violence, some of whom gathered Tuesday outside government buildings to express outrage over the gamesmanship.

To me, this is pretty outrageous. I understand we have to make some sacrifices because of our nation’s dire economic state, but I gotta ask — How far back are these budget cuts going to take us?

Read more here.

Thoughts?

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Job o’ the Day: Pro Bono Coordinator For Pace Women’s Justice Center

Founded in 1991, Pace Women’s Justice Center was the first academic legal center in the country devoted to training attorneys and others on domestic violence issues. The Center’s mission is to end abuse by providing innovative legal programs including direct legal representation for victims and survivors of domestic violence and elder abuse, training, community education and outreach, service coordination, and information and referrals.

Today, with a staff of 17 and over 6,700 hours contributed annually by pro-bono attorneys, volunteers, and law students, the Center provides direct legal services to over 2,800 victims and survivors of domestic violence and elder abuse each year.

PWJC is looking for a Pro Bono Coordinator who is committed to the Center’s mission and work. The Pro Bono Coordinator will work closely with the Executive Director, Deputy Director and the management team to coordinate the PWJC Pro Bono Project, including developing and overseeing both new and existing pro bono projects, building relationships and recruiting volunteers from law firms, in-house legal departments, and the community, as well as training, managing and supervising the volunteers and supervising substantive work.

If you’re interested in applying, check out the listing at PSLawNet!

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