Legal Aid gives domestic violence victims meaningful options

Does it surprise you to know that someone charged with domestic abuse has a right to a lawyer, but their victim does not?

Op-Ed (West Virginia)

Erica Pulling
Charleston Gazette-Mail
October 7, 2018

Tags: Domestic Violence

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid of West Virginia (LAWV)


We can and must do better for individuals and children who have been hurt by family violence. This is where Legal Aid of West Virginia plays a unique and pivotal role: Our staff attorneys and volunteer lawyers offer choices to victims — meaningful legal solutions that keep them safe, secure their access to housing and resources, and ensure their children are out of harm’s way. In fact, a recent study, “Supporting Survivors,” by New York University School of Law concludes that the most effective intervention for reducing domestic violence over the long-term is access to civil legal aid.