Domestic Violence Victims Could Lose Funding To Hire Lawyers Under Trump Budget

President Donald Trump released his proposed 2018 federal budget Thursday, and among the many government agencies the budget would eliminate is the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), which helps fund legal representation for victims of domestic violence.

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Josh Keefe
International Business Times (IB Times)
March 16, 2017

Tags: Domestic Violence, Funding: Federal

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Services Corporation (LSC), National Center for Access to Justice (NCAJ) at Fordham Law School


Having an attorney makes it much more likely that domestic violence victims are able to secure a protective order. According to one 2003 study, victims represented by an attorney were able to secure a protective order 83 percent of the time while victims without representation were able to get a protective order in just 32 percent of cases.

Ending the LSC would reduce a federal spending by less than one percent. For fiscal year 2017, the LSC requested a budget of $502 million from Congress after receiving $385 million in funding in 2016. According to the LSC, 93 percent of that funding is distributed in grants to non-profits across the country delivering civil legal aid.