Our mission at the Domestic Violence Project (DVP) is to help victims of domestic violence and their children live free of violence and abuse. We consider domestic violence in any type of relationship, regardless of gender or sexual identity, to be a human rights violation.
Be heard. Be free.
Our work focuses on providing legal and social work services to promote justice and vigorously defend and protect victims’ human rights. To accomplish this, our attorneys and social workers provide legal representation in Family Court, mental health services, advocacy, case management, and on-going domestic violence education and outreach activities throughout the five boroughs of New York City.
Over the last decade, DVP has delivered services to victims of domestic violence successfully, using a holistic approach to the delivery of services to ensure families are safe and able to achieve self-sufficiency. Our dedicated and compassionate team of attorneys and clinicians work collaboratively to address the difficulties faced by our clients and their children by fully assessing each individual's clinical and legal needs. Our model of in-house collaboration allows us to address our client's varying needs. We provide culturally and linguistically appropriate services to victims.
DVP provides hotline assistance (718.875.5062) to victims of domestic violence where their concerns are heard and addressed and see walk-ins at the NYC Family Justice Centers.
DVP was first established in 2003 with one staff member in the Brooklyn office. Since then, we have expanded to eight full time staff members. In addition to full time staff, we are supported by a yearly class of social work interns, four summer legal interns and volunteers. We provide direct services in Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens and Manhattan. Additionally, we provide technical assistance and outreach in Staten Island.
"While criminal prosecutions may not be the preferred option for many victims, civil legal assistance can often pave the way to greater safety, security and stability. Prosecutors, thanks to Urban Justice, have been able to make referrals in a thoroughly seamless fashion." – Assistant District Attorney Wanda Lucibello, Chief of Special Victims of the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office
"I finally feel like I'm in control again, because I have people on my side who listen. I'm finally on my way to getting my life back." — DVP Client
News and Events
DVP Receives Funding from NYC Council Members
DVP has also been named as one of the recipients of the Manhattan Borough President’s Office of Community Grants Award. Thank you Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer!
Verizon Foundation Grant Awarded to DVP
DVP was recently awarded a $50,000 donation from the Verizon Foundation to continue our work providing domestic violence victims with support services.
DVP S.T.A.R.T Financial Empowerment Program
The purpose of the S.T.A.R.T. (Safe Transformation and Renewal
Together) Financial Empowerment Program is to engage, educate and
empower adults ages 18 and over who are victims of domestic violence
to be more marketable individuals in the New York City Workforce by
fostering financial independence via free ESL Classes, Career
Counseling, and Financial Literacy.
Most Recent Press
"Bronx Community Leaders seek to combat decade-long spike in family-related homicide,"
February 21, 2014