The Domestic Violence Advocacy Project (DVAP) works in various ways to help women who are the victims of domestic violence. The Domestic Violence Advocacy Project operates two public service programs for students, supervised by Sanctuary for Families, a New York organization that assists battered women.

Through the Courtroom Advocates Program (CAP), law students assist women at Family Court in getting orders of protection from their batterers. For example, student advocates help the women draft their complaints, answer any questions, and assist the women when they appear before the judge.

In the Uncontested Divorce Project (UDP), students assist women in obtaining a divorce from their batterer by working directly with a client from the interview stage to the point when the final papers are filed in court .

Prior to participating in these programs, law students participate in a full day of training run by Sanctuary for Families. DVAP also brings in speakers throughout the year and sponsors events for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. 

Since 2013, DVAP has organized a performance of The Vagina Monologues for the Law School. One of the beneficiaries from the proceeds of The Vagina Monologues was One Billion Rising. Please click here to view an incredibly powerful short film and here for the amazing "Break the Chain" video.

For more information about how to get involved with one of projects, NYU Law Students should e-mail one of our program chairs, listed in the contacts section.

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