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WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Justice Department today announced $21.9 million in FY 1999 Civil Legal Assistance grant funds to strengthen civil legal assistance for domestic violence victims. The grants will be distributed to law school legal clinics, victims and legal services organizations, battered women's shelters and bar associations in 31 states and Puerto Rico. "Many women who are victims of domestic violence cannot afford or do not have access to legal services," said Attorney General Janet Reno. "These funds will allow organizations to improve victims' access to attorneys and advocates, often at no cost, to help women navigate the civil legal system."

Grant funds can be used to establish legal advocacy programs to help victims, regardless of income, with securing and enforcing protection orders, divorces or separations, spousal and child support orders and resolving child custody and visitation conflicts. Funds can also help victims with other matters related to their abuse, such as access to benefits and health care, housing and eviction matters and matters related to employment. In addition, grant funds can be used to recruit and train attorneys who will provide pro bono civil legal assistance to domestic violence victims.

"By helping battered women address issues related to their financial and safety concerns, we're giving them the autonomy they need to end the violence," added Bonnie Campbell, Director of the Office of Justice Programs' (OJP) Violence Against Women Office (VAWO). "We are funding programs that respond to victims' need to bring order to their lives."

This is the second year that VAWO is awarding these funds. Applicants were encouraged to link civil legal services and domestic violence victim advocacy programs. They were also asked to reach out to underserved populations such as rural, Spanish-speaking and Asian and Pacific Islander victims who are often isolated by language and cultural barriers.

Grant funds will be used to establish and strengthen law school clinical programs, such as the one which the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation is forming with the Georgia State University College of Law, to train law students to represent victims in protective order hearings. The University of Southern Maine will provide students enrolled in clinical courses with training in domestic violence and available civil legal remedies and give every law student experience in representing a domestic violence victim.

In Duluth, Minnesota, the American Indian Community Housing Organization will provide culturally-sensitive legal services to Native American battered women, such as helping them develop safety plans, file assault charges and representing them in cases involving cross-jurisdictional issues between Indian reservations and non-reservation areas.

Grantees are also using these funds to provide a comprehensive approach to serving victims beyond securing basic orders of protection. The Greater Boston Legal Service Corporation will implement a legal and medical liaison project linking abuse prevention programs at six Boston hospitals with their domestic violence court projects.

Attached is a list of the specific grant awards. More information about the civil legal assistance program and other violence against women efforts is available at or OJP's Web site at, or call the National Criminal Justice Reference Service toll-free on 1/800-851-3420.



After hours contact: Adam Spector on 202/307-3912 or page on 202/516-6843





ALABAMA Montgomery Legal Services Corporation of Alabama


CALIFORNIA San Jose Community Legal Services, Inc.


Berkeley Family Violence Law Center


Los Angeles Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles


San Rafael Legal Aid of the

North Bay


San Mateo County Legal Aid Society of

San Mateo County


Los Angeles Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice, Inc.


San Francisco Nihonmachi Legal Outreach


Santa Ana Public Law Center


San Pedro Rainbow Services, Inc.


Pacoima San Fernando Valley Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc.


Ventura County Ventura County Commission on Human Concerns


COLORADO Denver Legal Aid Society of

Metro Denver


FLORIDA Brevard County Brevard County Legal Aid, Inc.


FLORIDA Daytona Beach Central Florida Legal Services, Inc.


Dade County Dade County Bar Association Legal Aid


Tallahassee Florida State University


Pensacola Northwest Florida Legal Services, Inc.


GEORGIA Atlanta Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, Inc.


HAWAII Honolulu Hawai'i Lawyers Care


ILLINOIS Springfield Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence


Alton Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation


Chicago Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago


Evanston Northwestern University


Rockford Prairie State Legal

Services, Inc.


Joliet Will County Legal Assistance Program


INDIANA Indianapolis Legal Services Organization of Indiana, Inc.


South Bend Legal Services Program of Northern Indiana, Inc.


INDIANA Valparaiso The Lutheran University Association Valparaiso University School of Law


KENTUCKY Louisville The Center for Women and Families


Covington Northern Kentucky Legal Aid Society, Inc.


LOUISIANA Natchitoches Kisatchie Legal Services Corporation


New Orleans New Orleans Legal Assistance Corporation


MAINE Portland Pine Tree Legal Assistance, Inc.


Portland University of Southern Maine


MARYLAND Bel Air Sexual Assault/Spouse Abuse Resource Center, Inc.


MASSACHUSETTS Boston Greater Boston Legal Service Corporation


MICHIGAN Lansing Legal Aid of Central Michigan


Ann Arbor Legal Services of Southeastern Michigan, Inc.


Ann Arbor Legal Services of Southeast Michigan


Grand Rapids Legal Aid of Western Michigan


MICHIGAN Pontiac Oakland Livingston

Legal Aid


Saginaw Underground Railroad, Inc.


MINNESOTA Duluth American Indian Community Housing Organization


Moorhead Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota


Saint Paul Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services


MISSISSIPPI Jackson Central Mississippi Legal Services


MISSOURI Saint Louis Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, Inc.


NEBRASKA Lincoln Legal Services of Southeast Nebraska


NEW JERSEY Edison Legal Services of New Jersey


NEW MEXICO San Juan Pueblo Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Council, Inc.


Santa Fe Northern New Mexico Legal Services, Inc.


NEW YORK Bronx Bronx Legal Services


Brooklyn Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation


Brooklyn Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation, Inc.


NEW YORK Albany Capital District Women's Bar Association


Elmira Chemung County Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc.


Binghamton Legal Aid for Broome and Chenango


Albany Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York, Inc.


Albany Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York, Inc.


Rochester The Legal Aid Society of Rochester, Inc.


Middletown Legal Aid Society of Rockland


Middletown Legal Aid Society of Rockland/Orange County Safe Homes


Middletown Legal Aid Society of Rockland/Woodstock


Hempstead Nassau-Suffolk Law Services Commission


Buffalo Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc.


White Plains Pace University Battered Women's Justice Center


New York Sanctuary for Families, Inc.


NEW YORK Bath Southern Tier Legal Services


White Plains Westchester/Putnam Legal Service


Lockport Women's Law Center


NORTH CAROLINA Raleigh Legal Services of North Carolina, Inc.


Charlotte Legal Services of Southern Piedmont, Inc.


OHIO Akron Battered Women's Shelter of Summit and Medina Counties


Columbus The Legal Aid Society of Columbus


OREGON Portland Oregon Legal Services Corporation


PENNSYLVANIA Harrisburg Central Pennsylvania Legal Services


Harrisburg Legal Services, Inc.


PUERTO RICO San Juan Municipality of San Juan


Santurce Puerto Rico Legal Services, Inc.


TENNESSEE Nashville Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee


Memphis Memphis Area Legal Services, Inc.


TEXAS Nacogdoches East Texas Legal Services, Inc.


TEXAS Dallas Legal Services of North Texas, Inc.


Spring Montgomery County Women's Center


San Antonio Saint Mary's University of San Antonio


Weslaco Texas Rural Legal Aid, Inc.


Fort Worth West Texas Legal Services


Arlington The Women's Shelter, Inc.


VIRGINIA Harrisonburg Blue Ridge Legal Services, Inc.


Leesburg Loudoun Citizens for Social Justice


WASHINGTON Bellingham Lummi Indian Nation


WEST VIRGINIA Charleston West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence


Charleston West Virginia Legal Services Plan, Inc.


WISCONSIN Black River Falls Ho-Chunk Nation






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