Our Projects

Standards of Practice for the Supervision of Domestic & Sexual Violence Attorneys

These Standards of Practice for the Supervision of Domestic & Sexual Violence Attorneys arise from a trend that the Commission has noticed in recent years: attorneys representing domestic and sexual violence victims often do not have adequate supervision. In response to this concern, the Commission convened a steering committee, comprised of twenty domestic and sexual violence attorneys from across the country. These standards were borne from the Steering Committee and have been peer reviewed by additional attorneys prior to publication. These Standards are intended to serve as best practice guidelines for the supervision of domestic and sexual violence attorneys in both legal and non-legal settings.

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Recommendations for Improving Campus Student Conduct Processes for Gender-Based Violence

These Recommendations for Improving Campus Student Conduct Processes for Gender-Based Violence are designed for professionals involved in addressing student complaints of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking at institutions of higher education across the country. Through these Recommendations, the ABA Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence hopes to influence the adoption, revision, and improvement of campus student conduct processes and policies addressing gender-based violence to ensure a safer learning environment for all students.

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The POWER Act Toolkit

This toolkit offers free resources from the ABA for implementing the federal Pro Bono Work to Empower and Represent Act of 2018 (POWER Act), focused on helping victims of domestic, dating, sexual, and stalking violence gain access to critical pro bono legal services. The POWER Act authorizes the chief judge in each federal judicial district to host at least one public event annually to promote free legal services for survivors of these types of gender-based violence.

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Survivor Reentry Project

With the support of the Office for Victims of Crime at the Department of Justice, the ABA Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence has launched the Survivor Reentry Project (SRP). SRP provides national training and technical assistance for attorneys working with survivors of human trafficking who have been convicted of a crime as a result of their victimization.

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LGBT+ Legal Access Project

The American Bar Association Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence’s LGBT+ Legal Access Project provides individualized support, training, and technical assistance to address domestic and sexual violence in LGBT+ communities.

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Publications

The Commission offers a variety of publications to assist attorneys in representing victims of domestic and sexual violence.

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