LANC Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative  Domestic Violence Prevention
  Initiative (DVPI)
   A special statewide project of Legal Aid of North Carolina
    (to request legal services, call you local
office)

 

About us...

The Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative (DVPI) is a statewide project of Legal Aid of North Carolina that provides legal assistance to battered women and/or domestic violence victims.  Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC) is a nonprofit law firm that provides free legal services in all 100 counties of North Carolina through 24 geographically located offices.  Additionally, LANC's  Battered Immigrant Project (BIP) provides comprehensive and culturally appropriate legal services to battered immigrants across the state of North Carolina.

Contact Information:

Legal Aid of North Carolina offices have attorneys who can serve victims of domestic violence, regardless of how much money they make.  These attorneys can help with civil remedies, meaning they can help you with domestic violence protective orders.  Click here to view the telephone numbers of Legal Aid of North Carolina offices by county.

If you need help right away, call 911.
If you need information or someone to talk to, you can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1.800.799.SAFE (7233) 1.800.787.3224 (TDD)

DVPI/BIP Administrative Staff

TeAndra Miller, Esq., DVPI/BIP Project Director
Patricia Harris, Project Litigation Assistant
224 S. Dawson Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
919-856-2157; Fax: 919-856-2120

Battered Immigrant Project (BIP) Staff

Rona Karacacova, Esq., Staff Attorney (Charlotte Office),
        704-971-2589; 800-738-3868 (toll-free)
Jennifer Stuart, Esq., Staff Attorney (Raleigh DVPI Office),
        919-856-2564
Amanda B. Raflo Staff Attorney (Charlotte Office)
        704-971-2601
Kate Shattuck, Jesuit Volunteer (LANC-Farmworker Unit, Raleigh)
        919-856-2180


Abusers Can Monitor Your Online and Offline Activity

Your Internet activity may not be totally secure.  If your abuser knows computers well, you might not be able to hide all your tracks. There are ways that an abuser can access your E-mail and also find out where you have been on the internet.  Please read this page to learn about some of the ways to protect yourself....

Safety Planning

The National Center for Victims of Crime has created a comprehensive Safety Plan, which we have reproduced for you.

A Practical Guide for Domestic Violence Survival

How does the law protect people against domestic violence?  What is domestic violence under North Carolina law?  How can a victim of domestic violence get help?

The above are just a few items discussed in "A Practical Guide for Domestic Violence Survival."

About the Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative

The Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative (DVPI) is a specialized, statewide project of Legal Aid of North Carolina that provides legal assistance to victims of domestic violence. It is comprised of attorney/advocates based in Legal Aid of North Carolina field offices (geographically located across the North Carolina) and a project director located in Raleigh. These DVPI attorneys/advocates are trained in the laws available to help increase the safety and self-sufficiency of victims, as well as the dynamics of domestic violence and safety planning.

Legal Aid of North Carolina's Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative works closely with community-based programs, agencies and task forces serving victims of domestic violence see links. The DVPI has existing formal collaborative agreements and referral protocols with more than 60 domestic violence victim services organizations throughout the state, and informal working relationships with at least 20 others. The DVPI also partners with the University of North Carolina School of Law, at which a DVPI attorney trains and supervises law students in the domestic violence clinic to represent victims of domestic violence.

The types of services that are provided vary between office areas as a result of different funding resources and restrictions. Legal Aid of North Carolina's receives funding for domestic violence work from a Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant to provide emergency-only services, such as obtaining and enforcing protection orders.  LANC also receives funding for domestic violence work from the State of North Carolina.

Legal Aid of North Carolina's DVPI attorneys/advocates provide legal advice and representation to domestic violence victims in non-criminal legal matters.  Most Legal Aid of North Carolina offices have one or two domestic violence attorneys/advocates on staff. In field offices without a DVPI attorney on staff, Legal Aid of North Carolina typically contracts with local attorneys to represent battered women in protection order hearings on a case-by-case basis.

For information on legal services, call the Legal Aid of North Carolina office nearest you.

Disclaimer

The materials on this website are for information and educational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. Please note that Legal Aid of North Carolina does not provide legal assistance by email. Contact your Legal Aid of North Carolina office or a private attorney if you need to speak to an attorney regarding your particular situation. See our complete disclaimer.

Mission Statement

Legal Aid of North Carolina is a statewide, nonprofit law firm that provides free legal services in civil matters to low-income people in order to ensure equal access to justice and to remove legal barriers to economic opportunity.

 

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