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




Beth Taylor at Family Court.

Beth Taylor at Family Court.

October 2017 - The Clinic joined with the law student-led Domestic Violence Task Force to participate in the annual “Clothes-Line Project," toiletry drive for DV survivors and their children, and other community events marking this important time of the year.

Summer 2017 - Bethany Cereo '18 interned at the Domestic Violence Bureau of the Erie County District Attorney’s Office. In May 2017, Cereo joined hundreds of domestic violence advocates at the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence Legislative Awareness Day in Albany.

Summer 2017 - Clinic student Vicki Bell '19 worked with Lisa M. Baehre '86, chief of the Niagara County Domestic Violence Bureau.

Summer of 2017 - Clinic Director Judith Olin moderated a panel on Violence Against Women at the annual National Association for the Commissions of Women Conference. In August she was a featured speaker at a town hall meeting sponsored by the National Organization For Women, protesting President Trump’s proposed cuts to the budget of programs funded by the Violence Against Women Act.

The Legal Resources for Domestic Violence Victims in Erie County brochure, created by clinic students Madison Ozella and Casey Pagano, was circulated to domestic violence service providers and survivors throughout Erie and Niagara counties.

Spring of 2017 - Clinic students Paul Oster and Colleen Moonan prepared for and conducted a trial, resulting in a complete victory for the client, a domestic violence survivor with young children, who had suffered repeated acts of violence by her estranged spouse.