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

Statistics indicate that more than one in three women and one in four men in the U.S. have experienced some form of intimate partner violence.

In D.C., 31,000 domestic-related calls were made to police in 2011, approximately 85 calls per day.

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.

Holistic experiences with clients give student attorneys in the Domestic Violence Clinic unparalleled insight into the many complex facets of the problem of domestic violence and allow them to hone a wide range of lawyering skills. Working in teams, student attorneys assume responsibility for all aspects of client representation, including both immediate and long-term needs for safety and support. Student attorneys appear before a variety of tribunals (including the D.C. Superior Court, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Immigration Courts, and the D.C. City Council); draft motions and written pleadings; interview, counsel and negotiate on behalf of clients; conduct intensive fact investigation; and often litigate contested matters (including presenting opening and closing statements as well as conducting direct and cross examination) in a fast-paced legal environment. The opportunities for learning and service are abundant.