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April 10, 2006

You can reduce domestic violence! Support Lane County’s Domestic Violence Clinic!

Support Lane County’s Domestic Violence Clinic

It’s true. Direct access to legal services reduces the chance that women will be abused.

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 clinic has trained more than 90 law students, many of whose later careers involve helping victims and prosecuting batterers,” said law professor Merle Weiner, one of the clinic founders.

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.

“Some judges don’t understand how hard it is to seek a restraining or stalking order. There’s still a lot of education to be done about why battered women take so long to leave,” said one clinic student
Support the spring fundraising campaign to keep the clinic open.

Give to something that works!
You may give online by clinking the links above –  or you may call (541) 346-3865 with your credit card information, or send your check to DV Clinic Gifts, External Relations, School of Law, 1221 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-1221


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