Domestic Violence Advocacy Project

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. Sanctuary for Families runs a full day training for law student participants in order to prepare them for these programs. 

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

In the Uncontested Divorce Project (UDP), students assist survivors of domestic violence in obtaining a divorce from their batterer. Student advocates work directly with a client, from the interview stage to the final moment when papers are filed in court .

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 is One Billion Rising. Please click here to view an incredibly powerful short film and here to watch the "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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