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Laura’s House partners with UC Irvine’s Family Violence Clinic

The nonprofit collaborates with UC Irvine’s School of Law to assist victims of domestic violence.

by Samar KhouryPublished: December 03, 2012 09:45 AM

The legal department at Laura’s House, an organization that provides shelter and support to victims of domestic violence, has partnered with the Family Violence Clinic at UC Irvine’s School of Law to represent and counsel these victims.

Professors Patricia Cyr and Kerri Strunk of UC Irvine supervise and instruct certified students to represent victims of domestic violence in their restraining order cases. Students thoroughly prepare for hearings by conducting the necessary research and preparing witnesses, among other responsibilities.

“We are extremely grateful to the Clinic for the amazing work they do for our clients and particularly for their willingness to accept even the most challenging cases,” said Adam Dodge, a legal advocate for Laura’s House. “Due to the dedication of Professors Cyr and Strunk, the students consistently employ a high level of skill and compassion at each phase of a case, which lifts a tremendous burden off of our clients, who would otherwise have to face their abuser alone in open court.”

Since the partnership began in spring of this year, 12 Laura’s House clients have received legal assistance at the clinic.

“We are delighted to collaborate with Laura’s House in providing legal representation for their clients,” Cyr said. “It is a win-win-win situation where victims of domestic violence obtain the legal support and representation they desperately need to navigate our complex legal system, Laura’s House gains access to the additional resources needed to completely represent the legal interests of its clients, and our students gain valuable litigation and case management experience.”

The Laura’s House Legal Department also provides clients with safety planning, education on victims’ rights, assistance with preparing and filing a restraining order, court transportation, and more.

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