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.
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 Family Violence & Women’s Rights Clinic is proudly funded partially by the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and generous donors of the FVWRC.
Throughout the semester, student attorneys represent family violence survivors in Family and Integrated Domestic Violence courts. Most of the Clinics' clients are single, female, heads of household with young children. These survivors 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.
Clinic students trained hundreds of high school students at area local public high schools in a Clinic -created teen dating violence prevention curriculum. This gives students the ability to work towards preventing violent relationships which are surprisingly high among teen couples. Clinic students participate in the annual Teen Dating Violence Summit organized by the Erie County Commission on The Status of Women.
Every semester, students deliver trainings on family offense cases to domestic violence advocates in Erie County. Clinic students have worked with local legislators such as NYS Assembly member Monica Wallace '94, on proposed state legislation that would require school districts to offer age-appropriate curricula in teen dating violence prevention to students in grades 7-12. Students worked with NYS Assembly member Pat Burke on the creation of legislation that would require dangerousness hearings in criminal domestic violence cases.
Students recently completed a self-help brochure for clients who are trying to clear their names after being the subject of an indicated child protection report.