Attorney for Domestic Violence Survivors - Civil Protection Orders


Cause Areas


It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


Throughout DC; Offices: 5335 Wisconsin AveWashington, DC 20015


DC Volunteer Lawyers Project provides high-quality, pro bono legal services to low-income individuals in the District of Columbia who are domestic violence victims, at-risk children, or have other urgent family law needs.

In our Civil Protection Order (CPO) practice area, volunteers help domestic violence survivors find immediate safety from their abusers through a CPO, or "stay-away" order. These cases provide supervised in-court litigation experience in a short time frame, with each case lasting just 8-12 days on average. The time commitment of each case is about 10-15 hours. Volunteers may sign up far in advance to represent a client on a certain hearing date, allowing busy attorneys to predict when they will need to be in court.

We offer to all volunteers: comprehensive training programs, live and online; mentorship by an experienced supervising attorney, who reviews all written work and accompanies the volunteer to court; access to an extensive resource library, including sample pleadings; administrative support; malpractice insurance; and more.

To start the volunteering process, please register at Then, please email for next steps. Thank you.


Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Orientation or Training
  • Average 12-15 hours over 2 weeks
  • One-day online or in-person training

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