FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEVAWO
FRIDAY, JUNE 25, 1999202/307-0703

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES $21.9 MILLION TO ASSIST

VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Justice Department today announced $21.9 million in FY 1999 Civil Legal Assistance grant funds to strengthen civil legal assistance for domestic violence victims. The grants will be distributed to law school legal clinics, victims and legal services organizations, battered women's shelters and bar associations in 31 states and Puerto Rico. "Many women who are victims of domestic violence cannot afford or do not have access to legal services," said Attorney General Janet Reno. "These funds will allow organizations to improve victims' access to attorneys and advocates, often at no cost, to help women navigate the civil legal system."

Grant funds can be used to establish legal advocacy programs to help victims, regardless of income, with securing and enforcing protection orders, divorces or separations, spousal and child support orders and resolving child custody and visitation conflicts. Funds can also help victims with other matters related to their abuse, such as access to benefits and health care, housing and eviction matters and matters related to employment. In addition, grant funds can be used to recruit and train attorneys who will provide pro bono civil legal assistance to domestic violence victims.

"By helping battered women address issues related to their financial and safety concerns, we're giving them the autonomy they need to end the violence," added Bonnie Campbell, Director of the Office of Justice Programs' (OJP) Violence Against Women Office (VAWO). "We are funding programs that respond to victims' need to bring order to their lives."

This is the second year that VAWO is awarding these funds. Applicants were encouraged to link civil legal services and domestic violence victim advocacy programs. They were also asked to reach out to underserved populations such as rural, Spanish-speaking and Asian and Pacific Islander victims who are often isolated by language and cultural barriers.

Grant funds will be used to establish and strengthen law school clinical programs, such as the one which the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation is forming with the Georgia State University College of Law, to train law students to represent victims in protective order hearings. The University of Southern Maine will provide students enrolled in clinical courses with training in domestic violence and available civil legal remedies and give every law student experience in representing a domestic violence victim.

In Duluth, Minnesota, the American Indian Community Housing Organization will provide culturally-sensitive legal services to Native American battered women, such as helping them develop safety plans, file assault charges and representing them in cases involving cross-jurisdictional issues between Indian reservations and non-reservation areas.

Grantees are also using these funds to provide a comprehensive approach to serving victims beyond securing basic orders of protection. The Greater Boston Legal Service Corporation will implement a legal and medical liaison project linking abuse prevention programs at six Boston hospitals with their domestic violence court projects.

Attached is a list of the specific grant awards. More information about the civil legal assistance program and other violence against women efforts is available at www.ojp.usdoj.gov/VAWO or OJP's Web site at www.ojp.usdoj.gov, or call the National Criminal Justice Reference Service toll-free on 1/800-851-3420.

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After hours contact: Adam Spector on 202/307-3912 or page on 202/516-6843

STATE

JURISDICTION

GRANTEE

AMOUNT

ALABAMA Montgomery Legal Services Corporation of Alabama

$318,500

CALIFORNIA San Jose Community Legal Services, Inc.

$318,500

Berkeley Family Violence Law Center

$317,569

Los Angeles Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles

$318,500

San Rafael Legal Aid of the

North Bay

$318,605

San Mateo County Legal Aid Society of

San Mateo County

$265,205

Los Angeles Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice, Inc.

$272,727

San Francisco Nihonmachi Legal Outreach

$318,500

Santa Ana Public Law Center

$157,160

San Pedro Rainbow Services, Inc.

$300,300

Pacoima San Fernando Valley Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc.

$284,814

Ventura County Ventura County Commission on Human Concerns

$317,393

COLORADO Denver Legal Aid Society of

Metro Denver

$318,281

FLORIDA Brevard County Brevard County Legal Aid, Inc.

$208,048

FLORIDA Daytona Beach Central Florida Legal Services, Inc.

$303,411

Dade County Dade County Bar Association Legal Aid

$221,755

Tallahassee Florida State University

$235,442

Pensacola Northwest Florida Legal Services, Inc.

$86,631

GEORGIA Atlanta Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, Inc.

$121,231

HAWAII Honolulu Hawai'i Lawyers Care

$243,371

ILLINOIS Springfield Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence

$262,942

Alton Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation

$132,070

Chicago Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago

$313,435

Evanston Northwestern University

$309,865

Rockford Prairie State Legal

Services, Inc.

$293,357

Joliet Will County Legal Assistance Program

$123,391

INDIANA Indianapolis Legal Services Organization of Indiana, Inc.

$146,473

South Bend Legal Services Program of Northern Indiana, Inc.

$292,338

INDIANA Valparaiso The Lutheran University Association Valparaiso University School of Law

$74,198

KENTUCKY Louisville The Center for Women and Families

$52,084

Covington Northern Kentucky Legal Aid Society, Inc.

$61,692

LOUISIANA Natchitoches Kisatchie Legal Services Corporation

$144,004

New Orleans New Orleans Legal Assistance Corporation

$284,717

MAINE Portland Pine Tree Legal Assistance, Inc.

$318,500

Portland University of Southern Maine

$162,325

MARYLAND Bel Air Sexual Assault/Spouse Abuse Resource Center, Inc.

$236,082

MASSACHUSETTS Boston Greater Boston Legal Service Corporation

$309,191

MICHIGAN Lansing Legal Aid of Central Michigan

$317,671

Ann Arbor Legal Services of Southeastern Michigan, Inc.

$194,580

Ann Arbor Legal Services of Southeast Michigan

$314,652

Grand Rapids Legal Aid of Western Michigan

$268,956

MICHIGAN Pontiac Oakland Livingston

Legal Aid

$275,314

Saginaw Underground Railroad, Inc.

$183,625

MINNESOTA Duluth American Indian Community Housing Organization

$151,132

Moorhead Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota

$288,855

Saint Paul Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services

$259,200

MISSISSIPPI Jackson Central Mississippi Legal Services

$84,218

MISSOURI Saint Louis Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, Inc.

$318,500

NEBRASKA Lincoln Legal Services of Southeast Nebraska

$255,578

NEW JERSEY Edison Legal Services of New Jersey

$133,060

NEW MEXICO San Juan Pueblo Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Council, Inc.

$118,144

Santa Fe Northern New Mexico Legal Services, Inc.

$318,500

NEW YORK Bronx Bronx Legal Services

$296,658

Brooklyn Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation

$313,290

Brooklyn Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation, Inc.

$258,748

NEW YORK Albany Capital District Women's Bar Association

$193,106

Elmira Chemung County Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc.

$36,524

Binghamton Legal Aid for Broome and Chenango

$72,323

Albany Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York, Inc.

$248,415

Albany Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York, Inc.

$169,997

Rochester The Legal Aid Society of Rochester, Inc.

$318,500

Middletown Legal Aid Society of Rockland

$79,706

Middletown Legal Aid Society of Rockland/Orange County Safe Homes

$79,706

Middletown Legal Aid Society of Rockland/Woodstock

$79,706

Hempstead Nassau-Suffolk Law Services Commission

$311,701

Buffalo Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc.

$272,856

White Plains Pace University Battered Women's Justice Center

$145,280

New York Sanctuary for Families, Inc.

$317,590

NEW YORK Bath Southern Tier Legal Services

$248,964

White Plains Westchester/Putnam Legal Service

$318,500

Lockport Women's Law Center

$168,254

NORTH CAROLINA Raleigh Legal Services of North Carolina, Inc.

$318,500

Charlotte Legal Services of Southern Piedmont, Inc.

$209,455

OHIO Akron Battered Women's Shelter of Summit and Medina Counties

$272,186

Columbus The Legal Aid Society of Columbus

$207,070

OREGON Portland Oregon Legal Services Corporation

$294,335

PENNSYLVANIA Harrisburg Central Pennsylvania Legal Services

$262,306

Harrisburg Legal Services, Inc.

$182,450

PUERTO RICO San Juan Municipality of San Juan

$282,799

Santurce Puerto Rico Legal Services, Inc.

$210,589

TENNESSEE Nashville Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee

$261,807

Memphis Memphis Area Legal Services, Inc.

$314,405

TEXAS Nacogdoches East Texas Legal Services, Inc.

$318,500

TEXAS Dallas Legal Services of North Texas, Inc.

$315,999

Spring Montgomery County Women's Center

$209,137

San Antonio Saint Mary's University of San Antonio

$211,893

Weslaco Texas Rural Legal Aid, Inc.

$306,633

Fort Worth West Texas Legal Services

$318,500

Arlington The Women's Shelter, Inc.

$131,500

VIRGINIA Harrisonburg Blue Ridge Legal Services, Inc.

$160,441

Leesburg Loudoun Citizens for Social Justice

$102,579

WASHINGTON Bellingham Lummi Indian Nation

$117,830

WEST VIRGINIA Charleston West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence

$307,372

Charleston West Virginia Legal Services Plan, Inc.

$317,787

WISCONSIN Black River Falls Ho-Chunk Nation

$150,908

TOTAL

95

95

$21,959,397

June 1999