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Domestic Violence Clinic

$12,200
122%
Raised toward our $10,000 Goal
131 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on March 15, at 03:00 PM PDT
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Domestic Violence Clinic

***Thank you Emily Riesterer, Benedict Lisenmeyer, Skye Brocker-Knapp, Leo Fletes, and Drew Betts! The $200 match was met!

 

**UPDATE: The Donor has matched out past $600 worth of donations. Thank you to all individuals who helped us reach the goal, and please keep spreading the word and donating!

 

*UPDATE: An incredibly generous and anonymous donor has agreed to do a donation match for the next week, capped at $600. Please spread the word about this incredible act of generosity and donate if you can.

 

The Domestic Violence Clinic has been helping victims of sexual and domestic abuse in Lane County, Oregon for almost twenty years. The goal of the Clinic is to provide free legal services to low-income community survivors of sexual assault, stalking and domestic violence, as well as train current law students to be effective advocates for survivors. 

Nearly one million Oregon women have experienced sexual or domestic violence; one of the highest rates in the country. In Lane County alone, over 14,000 calls for help were made to domestic and sexual violence programs in 2015. Our Clinic was able to serve 275 survivors last year.

The Domestic Violence Clinic at the University of Oregon is raising funds to expand the scope of the crucial services they provide to the community. Among other things, this campaign will allow us to offer legal services to survivors on six campuses of higher education in Lane County and reach more community survivors.

The clinic addresses community needs by focusing on these important areas:

  • Offering comprehensive legal services for matters related to family, housing, benefits, and employment. Such services are essential for victims' safety and well being.  
  • Partnering with other local organizations like Womenspace and Sexual Assault Support Services (SASS) to provide holistic care to victims in need.
  • Running the Student Survivor Legal Services (SSLS) program. SSLS is the first on-campus legal office devoted entirely to serving campus survivors in civil, criminal and campus disciplinary matters. The program has served the 24,000 students at the University of Oregon for the last three years. It is now expanding to six other institutions of higher education in Lane County: New Hope Christian University, Northwest Christian University, Guttenberg College, Lane Community College, Pioneer Pacific College, and Pacific University.
  • Teaching law students how to work with survivors of domestic and sexual violence by giving them the skills required for compassionate and competent client representation in a litigation-based practice.  

Testimonials

"I learned more about being a lawyer in that one clinic than I did in the other three years of law school combined."  Former Student in the Clinic.

"If it was not for my attorney at the SSLS clinic, I would not have been able to graduate." Student Survivor

For more detailed information on the Domestic Violence Clinic, visit

https://law.uoregon.edu/explore/community-legal-services-for-survivors

Levels
Choose a giving level

$5

Community level

No contribution is too small. When many community members give a little, the result is substantial and can change survivors' lives for the better. Please consider giving a little at the Community level.

$10

Student Level

Training the next generation of lawyers to serve survivors competently, compassionately, and holistically is an integral part of the Domestic Violence Clinic' mission. Please consider donating at the student level so we can continue educating students.

$25

Helping Hand Level

Coming forward and asking for help as a victim of domestic violence is often hard. That is why it is so important to have supportive legal services readily available for victims. Please consider donating at the "Helping Hand Level," to show your support for these services.

$52

Friendship Level

Every dollar makes a difference for a survivor needing legal counsel in a domestic violence or sexual assault situation. Please consider being a friend to the Clinic, by donating the equivalent of $1 per week for a year at the "Friendship Level."

$104

Advocate Level

Sexual assault and domestic violence will affect 1 out of every 4 women in the United States. Support us on the "Advocate Level," so that we can advocate for our clients and thereby protect the women, men, and children affected.

$250

Scholarship Level

Student survivors almost NEVER have legal counsel. Their funds are often tied up in school expenses and they are embarrassed to ask their family for help since they do not want to tell them about their victimization. Yet the abusers often do have legal services. Help the victims, who often resort to dropping out, receive the services they need to stay in school. Consider a donation at the "Scholarship Level."

$500

Champion Level

Many times a victim's abuser uses the courts to continue the abuse of the victim. In the context of campus sexual assault, the accused sometimes has more than one defense lawyer. For these reasons, it is essential for our clients to have access to affordable legal services. Please consider donating at the "Champion Level," so we can provide the best legal services possible to the greatest number of victims in need.

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