Domestic Violence Clinic

Domestic violence is an epidemic, both locally and worldwide. Student attorneys in AUWCL’s Domestic Violence Clinic (DVC) seek to address this problem by representing and advocating for survivors of abuse in civil as well as immigration and criminal matters. DVC students also work towards long-term solutions through involvement in community-based advocacy projects.


Our Areas of Focus

The DVC engages in a wide range of advocacy around the issue of domestic violence.

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Domestic Violence Fact

The World Health Organization estimates that 40% of women killed worldwide were slain by an intimate partner.

Meet our Faculty and Staff


Claire Donohue

Practitioner-in-Residence, Director of the Domestic Violence Clinic

Claire Donohue is a Practitioner-in-Residence and the Director of the Domestic Violence Clinic, where she supervises students’ representation of survivors of intimate partner violence in civil protection order cases and immigration matters. Prior to joining the WCL community, Prof. Donohue was a Friedman Fellow with the Family Justice Litigation Clinic at the George Washington University School of Law. Professor Donohue attended Boston College Law School as Public Interest Scholar, graduating with a dual degree, a Masters in Social Work from the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work and a Juris Doctorate.