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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.




Beth Taylor at Family Court.

Beth Taylor at Family Court.

October 15-16, 2018 – Clinic Student Attorneys presented to four sections of high school seniors during their Health class at Niagara Falls High School. Their presentation focused on teen dating violence awareness and equipped them with literature on how to help and where to get help in their community.

October 2018 - 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.

October 2018 - Clinic students conducted a hearing seeking to expunge a neglect finding lodged by a local child welfare agency against a client who was wrongfully accused of assaulting her boyfriend in front of their children.

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.

Spring 2018 - Clinic students represented a high- risk survivor of intimate partner violence. By getting the client a safe emergency cell phone, and obtaining an order of sole child custody, students helped her escape from a violent stalker who was tracking her every move. Happily, he is serving a state prison sentence for his crimes against the client.  

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.