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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 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.

In the fall of 2018, Clinic students trained over 100 high school seniors at a local public high school in a Clinic -created teen dating violence prevention curriculum. Other school officials have contacted the Clinic, requesting the same for their school districts.

For 2018-19, Clinic students are joining forces with New York Assembly member Monica Piga Wallace '94 to assist with proposed state legislation that would require school districts to offer age-appropriate curricula in teen dating violence prevention to students in grades 7-12. The student attorneys will be conducting research as well as engaging in outreach, education, and advocacy with stakeholders locally and statewide.