The Vermont Network’s Legal Assistance for Victim’s clinic was created and started taking cases in 2016 and is designed to fill the tremendous legal representation gap that victims of sexual and domestic violence experience in Vermont. A Legal Assistance for Victims (LAV) grant from the Office of Violence Against Women (OVW) funds the clinic to represent sexual violence, stalking and human trafficking victims of all ages in both civil and criminal court. Additional funding allows the clinic to provide primary domestic violence victims with representation in a variety cases including custody, divorce, restraining orders and child support. The Vermont Network’s Legal Assistance for Victims’ Clinic also contracts with community-based attorneys both for the convenience of the victims but also because it allows us to serve more victims.
Two staff attorneys, Michael Blair and Zarina Suarez O’Hagan, represent victims in cases and Michele Olvera serves as Supervising Attorney. The Clinic takes referrals from local domestic and sexual violence programs as well as anyone else that calls the clinic. There is no fee for Legal Clinic services and cases are accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis. To reach the clinic, please call (802) 223-1302 X113.
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