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September 17, 2010

Domestic Violence Clinic Receives Grant from U.S. Department of Justice

The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Violence Against Women has awarded $337,577 to the Domestic Violence Clinic‘s Stop Violence Against Women Project.

The grant funding will be used to support a full time staff attorney who will provide direct legal services to battered women. The award also will be used to fund a domestic violence advocate who will be based at Womenspace and a sexual assault advocate who will be based at Sexual Assault Support Services.


Professor Merle Weiner

Professor Merle Weiner, who works closely with the Domestic Violence Clinic, called the funding “essential” to the work of the clinic.

“This funding helps ensure that we can provide holistic, comprehensive services to low-income victims of domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault in Lane County,” she said.

Formed in 1999, the Domestic Violence Clinic provides comprehensive civil legal services to low-income victims of domestic abuse, stalking, and sexual assault while preparing University of Oregon law students for work in the law.

The University of Oregon School of Law partners with Lane County Legal Aid and Advocacy Center, Womenspace, and Sexual Assault Support Services in administering the Stop Violence Against Women Clinic Project, of which the Domestic Violence Clinic is an integral part.

Since its inception, the Stop Violence Against Women Clinic Project has helped represent thousands of victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault and stalking.

Related Links:

Domestic Violence Clinic Receives Grant from Federal Department of Justice

Lane County Legal Aid (this link takes you outside the University of Oregon website)

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