One Simple Idea That Could Reduce Domestic Violence

Victims of domestic violence would benefit from support from a lawyer.
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Melissa Jeltsen
Huffington Post
July 21, 2015
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Tags: Benefits of Legal Aid, Benefits of Legal Aid: Economic, Domestic Violence, Women


Providing free or subsidized legal representation to domestic violence survivors, the report concludes, would actually be cost-effective because it would likely result in a reduction of associated health care and legal costs.

“Not only are there rights- and moral-based reasons for support for domestic violence survivors, there are many economic reasons too,” said Denise Grab, senior attorney at the Institute for Policy Integrity and co-author of the report. “When we invest in education or infrastructure, no one sees a problem because the benefits of doing so clearly justify the cost. This may be the case for when we invest in services to support domestic violence survivors as well.”

The report finds that lawyers can play a pivotal role in reducing domestic violence. A domestic violence victim is more likely to receive a protective order if she has a lawyer when she applies. In one study cited in the report, 83 percent of victims represented by an attorney successfully obtained a protective order, while only 32 percent of victims without an attorney were able to get one.