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Family Violence and Women’s Rights Clinic

In the Family Violence and Women’s Rights Clinic (FVWRC), students are invited to join the fight towards attaining justice and safety for survivors of family violence.

Serving the unmet needs of local survivors 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 petitionschild supportcustody, and visitation cases, and divorce.

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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.

About the Clinic Student Engagement Current Projects News & Presentations

May 2022 - Clinical faculty and student attorneys met with a delegation of officials from Kazakhstan to discuss the work of the FVWRC, and system response to family violence. 

February 2021 (originally recorded August 2020) - FVWRC Summer Fellow Student Attorney Victoria Jolicoeur along with veteran victim advocate Tara Andres present a Podcast on the effect of Covid-19 on domestic violence response as part of the Clinic’s “AccessiBULL Justice” podcast series.  [Listen to the podcast]

November 2020 - Clinic receives an award from the Erie County Legislature recognizing the work of the FVWRC on behalf of domestic violence victims in Erie County. 

October 2020 - Clinic Student Attorney Abbi Fuhrken and Josh Sticht, UB Deputy Police Chief give a presentation on the difference between campus and court orders of protection.

February 2020 – Clinic student Jon Francisco gave a presentation on teen civil rights at the annual “Healthy Relationships Summit,” sponsored by the Erie County Commission on the Status of Women at the Buffalo History Museum.

February 2020 - Clinic student Kenisha Flowers delivers a training on family offense petitions and family court to new advocates at the Family Justice Center.

January 2020- Clinic Student Attorney Darian Wilkom delivers a training on the ins and outs of family offense petitions for advocates in the Erie County Domestic Violence Alliance.   

Fall 2019 - Student Attorneys pose for their annual “clothesline” photo in which they worked collaboratively with the student -run Domestic Violence Task Force.  

May 2018 - Along with advocates for DV survivors from around New York State, five Clinic students attended the annual Legislative Day of Action, where they met with local legislators to urge passage of dv reform legislation.

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