Mission and History

The Domestic Violence Legal Clinic (DVLC) provides free civil legal assistance to low-income individuals in Cook County. We are dedicated to keeping families safe, using the legal system to combat domestic violence. Our staff and network of volunteers make a difference each and every day.

The Domestic Violence Legal Clinic (DVLC) originated in 1982 as a program of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law to respond to the need for increased legal advocacy for the poor, especially women, in Cook County. In 1989, DVLC incorporated as Pro Bono Advocates, a private not-for-profit organization. In 2005 the organization changed its name to the Domestic Violence Legal Clinic and in 2014, we celebrated 25 years of courageous services to victims of domestic violence.