Hudson Valley legal advocates stand up for women in poverty

The unit includes 10 attorneys, four supervisors and three paralegals on staff experienced and dedicated to fighting for victims’ rights.
News Story (New York)

Ryan Deffenbaugh
Westfair Business Publications (NY and CT)
March 17, 2016

Tags: Benefits of Legal Aid, Domestic Violence, Poverty

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Services of the Hudson Valley (LSHV)


The fact that more than two-thirds of the clients who require the legal nonprofit’s services are women matches up with national statistics on women and poverty. In the U.S., women of all races and demographics are more likely to be poor than their male counterparts. A female-headed household is twice as likely as a male-headed household to be living below the poverty rate, according to a 2015 report by the National Women’s Law Center.

In Westchester, 28 percent of female-headed households with children live in poverty, according to a report from the New York State Community Action Association.

There’s a “strong intersection between poverty and domestic violence,” Sirotkin said. While domestic violence can happen to women of all income levels, women with household incomes less than $7,500 are seven times more likely to experience domestic violence compared to women with household incomes more than $75,000, according to a report from the American Civil Liberties Union.