From its inception, the KolodnyLawGroup made the commitment to partner with the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Domestic Violence Project. In addition to regular donations to the Project, our partnership includes a commitment to send one of our attorneys and an additional staff member (paralegal and/or secretary) to work at the Project each month for a day of volunteer services. As a further show of commitment to the Project, in July 2012, Stephen Kolodny accepted the honor of becoming the Domestic Violence Project’s Liaison with the Los Angeles County Bar Association.
The Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Domestic Violence Project has assisted victims of intimate abuse for more than 25 years at its two Los Angeles Superior Court clinics. One is located at Stanley Mosk Courthouse, in downtown Los Angeles. The other is located in the Pasadena Courthouse. More than 150,000 persons-women, men, and children-have received legal services since its inception.
Seeing nearly 5,000 persons per year, the clinics are the busiest of its kind in California, providing pro bono legal services so that victims may file for Restraining Orders against their abusers. More than 80% of the petitioners are female, and more than 68% of the petitioners have children in their violent homes. Attorneys, paralegals, and law students donate thousands of volunteer hours per year, and work alongside staff in handling the high-volume and dangerous matters.
Each victim of domestic violence has his or her own story, but most victims have suffered abuse for years before coming forward. Often, the very first time they have shared their story is upon entering the clinics. It is an important initial step for protection. The battered, bandaged, and bloody come forward, looking for access to justice as a means to safety.
Providing legal assistance to victims of domestic violence is the Domestic Violence Project’s primary mission. However, we also provide Preparation for Hearings, Law Enforcement Training, and Legal Education Seminars.
WEBSITE: Listen to victims’ stories by visiting their website at www.lacba.org/dvp.