April 10, 2006
You can reduce domestic violence! Support Lane County’s Domestic Violence Clinic!
In a 2003 study, economists found that, in counties where battered women can easily find legal help for protective orders, custody, divorce, child support and public assistance, there is a “significant, negative effect” on the overall incidence of domestic violence.
Since 1999, the Lane County Domestic Volence Clinic, a collaboration of the University of Oregon School of Law, Lane County Legal Aid, Womenspace, and Sexual Assault Support Services, has provided legal services to low-income victims of domestic violence and their children.
Third-year students, two supervising attorneys, and several advocates represent more than 400 clients each year who seek physical protection, child custody, exclusive use of their residence, and emergency support.
The legal clinic, part of the Stop Violence Against Women project, has been funded by federal grants until recently. While awareness of abuse by intimate partners is much more widespread now than in the past, there is still work to be done to make sure that services such as our local clinic survive.
Give to something that works!