Madeline Garcia Bigelow is the Director of the Domestic Violence Project at the Urban Justice Center (DVP), an advocacy and direct legal service organization dedicated to serving New York City’s most vulnerable residents. She founded the Project in 2003, assembling a team of attorneys, social workers, and advocates who work cohesively to address the issues confronted by victims of domestic violence in both a legal and non-legal context.
DVP’s mission is to help victims of domestic violence and their children live free of violence and abuse. Domestic violence in any type of relationship, regardless of gender or sexual identity, is a human rights violation. DVP’s 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.
After law school Ms. Garcia Bigelow went on to spend the next six years at the Bronx District Attorney’s Office in the Domestic Violence/Sex Crimes bureau, first as an Assistant District Attorney, then as Acting Supervisor of the 2221 unit, which worked closely with law enforcement officials in sex crime and child abuse investigations. Prior to founding the Domestic Violence Project she served as Co-Director of Sanctuary for Families’ Bronx office where she litigated family offense matters, provided education and outreach to the community and supervised staff. Ms. Garcia Bigelow believes the founding principle by which to successfully address and represent issues raised by victims of domestic violence is to unequivocally validate the client and litigate with emotional intelligence.