Family violence

Family Violence and Women’s Rights Clinic

In the Family Violence and Women’s Rights Clinic (FVWR), students are invited to join the fight towards attaining justice and safety for victims of intimate partner violence.

Serving the unmet needs of local survivors of domestic violence in Western New York, the Family Violence & Women's Right Clinic seeks to fill the gap to ensure victims of violence receive the proper legal representation needed in many areas of the law, including: family offense petitions, child support, custody, and visitation cases.

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Judith Olin, Director of the Family Violence and Women’s Rights Clinic

University at Buffalo
School of Law
415 O'Brian Hall, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1100



The Clinic’s Litigation Teams represent domestic violence survivors in Family and Integrated Domestic Violence courts. Most of the Clinics' clients are single, female, heads of household with young children who are struggling to emerge from the violence and rebuild their lives with adequate financial resources and emotional support to care for themselves and their children.

During the Fall 2017 semester, Clinic students:

  • Designed a ”Know Your Rights” brochure for domestic violence survivors investigated for neglect by Child Protective Services for “exposing” their children to domestic violence. Clinic students will give presentations to domestic violence service professionals on how survivors can clear their name
  • Trained domestic violence advocates in the proper preparation of family offense petitions
  • Attended and participate in various family violence community coalition meetings