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Legal Assistance For Victims Program

The Legal Assistance for Victims (LAV) Program is intended to increase the availability of civil and criminal legal assistance needed to effectively aid adult and youth victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking by providing funds for comprehensive direct legal services to victims in legal matters relating to or arising out of that abuse or violence. Comprehensive legal services extend beyond representation in emergency and non-emergency protection order hearings to address the broad spectrum of legal issues that victims encounter, including family matters such as divorce, child custody or child support, immigration, administrative agency proceedings, and consumer or housing matters.

“Legal assistance” is assistance in civil (excluding torts) or administrative matters; criminal justice investigations, prosecutions of the offender, and post-conviction matters that impact victims’ safety, privacy, or other interests as a victim; alternative dispute resolution, restorative practices, or other processes that promote victim safety, privacy, and autonomy, and offender accountability; or post-conviction relief proceedings in state, local, Tribal, or territorial court. All matters must be related to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking victimization. Intake or referral alone is not legal assistance. 34 U.S.C. § 12291(a)(24)(C) and (D).

Eligible applicants are limited to: private nonprofit entities; publicly funded organizations not acting in a governmental capacity; territorial organizations; Indian tribal governments; and tribal organizations.

In 2023, the LAV Program gave out 55 awards totaling $39.63 million.

Once posted, the solicitation to apply for this program can be found on OVW’s website. Members of the public can also sign up for notifications on that website, and grant announcements are posted to OVW’s Twitter.

This program is authorized by 34 U.S.C. § 20121.

Information About the ELSI Initiative

LAV supports an Expanding Legal Services Initiative (ELSI) to develop legal programs to serve victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking at organizations that do not currently offer legal representation. Eligible applicants are non-profit organizations, tribal governments, tribal organizations, or territorial organizations that do not currently have programs or divisions providing legal representation but propose to establish programs to provide legal services to victims. Priority consideration are given to applications for which the lead applicant is a culturally specific organization.

In 2023, the LAV ELSI initiative gave out eight awards totaling $3.19 million.

LAV Program Awards 

Peace At Home Family Shelter, Inc. Fayetteville Arkansas $750,000
Center For Community Solutions San Diego California $600,000
Community Legal Aid Socal Santa Ana California $750,000
Cora (Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse) San Mateo California $750,000
Jenesse Center, Inc Culver City California $750,000
La Center For Law & Justice Los Angeles California $600,000
Legal Aid Foundation Of Santa Barbara Santa Barbara California $750,000
Monarch Services-Servicios Monarca Watsonville California $750,000
Project Safeguard Denver Colorado $750,000
Connecticut Alliance To End Sexual Violence, Inc. East Hartford Connecticut $600,000
Community Legal Aid Society Inc Wilmington Delaware $750,000
Ayuda Washington District of Columbia $750,000
D.C. Volunteer Lawyers Project Washington District of Columbia $750,000
Mosaic Georgia, (Inc.) Duluth Georgia $600,000
The Tahirih Justice Center Atlanta Georgia $750,000
Illinois Prison Project Chicago Illinois $750,000
Life-Span Des Plaines Illinois $750,000
IowaCASA Des Moines Iowa $600,000
Monsoon Asians & Pacific Islanders In Solidarity Des Moines Iowa $750,000
Administrators Of The Tulane Educational Fund, The New Orleans Louisiana $749,852
Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Incorporated Baton Rouge Louisiana $750,000
Sexual Trauma Awareness And Response (Star) Center Baton Rouge Louisiana $900,000
Southeast Louisiana Legal Services Corp Hammond Louisiana $600,000
Community Legal Aid Inc. Worcester Massachusetts $750,000
Michigan Advocacy Program Ypsilanti Michigan $750,000
Michigan Coalition To End Domestic And Sexual Violence Okemos Michigan $600,000
Anishinabe Legal Services Cass Lake Minnesota $734,500
Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance Minneapolis Minnesota $750,000
The St Paul & Ramsey County Domestic Abuse Intervention Project Saint Paul Minnesota $750,000
Crime Victim Advocacy Center Of St. Louis Saint Louis Missouri $719,540
Metropolitan Organization To Counter Sexual Assault Kansas City Missouri $600,000
Sanders County Coalition For Families Thompson Falls Montana $750,000
180 Turning Lives Around Inc Hazlet New Jersey $750,000
Enlace Comunitario Albuquerque New Mexico $600,000
New Mexico Legal Aid, Inc. Albuquerque New Mexico $750,000
Legal Aid Society Of Mid-New York, Inc. Utica New York $750,000
My Sisters Place White Plains New York $750,000
Sanctuary For Families Inc New York New York $750,000
Community Violence Intervention Center Inc Grand Forks North Dakota $750,000
Legal Aid Of Western Ohio Inc Toledo Ohio $750,000
The Immigrant And Refugee Community Organization Portland Oregon $750,000
Philadelphia Legal Assistance Center, Inc. Philadelphia Pennsylvania $750,000
Womens Resource Center Inc Scranton Pennsylvania $750,000
Taller Salud Inc Loiza Puerto Rico $750,000
SC Victim Assistance Network Inc Columbia South Carolina $750,000
Sccadvasa Columbia South Carolina $750,000
Legal Aid Society Of Middle Tennessee And The Cumberlands Nashville Tennessee $684,475
West Tennessee Legal Services Inc Jackson Tennessee $600,000
Saheli Austin Texas $750,000
Texas Advocacy Project, Inc. Austin Texas $750,000
Womens Center Of Tarrant County Inc Fort Worth Texas $750,000
Vermont Network Against Domestic Violence And Sexual Assault, Inc Montpelier Vermont $750,000
YWCA Of Clark County Vancouver Washington $750,000
Wisconsin Judicare Inc Wausau Wisconsin $750,000
Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence And Sexual Assault Laramie Wyoming $600,000
  Total Award Amount   $39,638,367
  Total Number of Awards   55

Women In Safe Homes, Inc. Ketchikan Alaska $599,033
1736 Family Crisis Center Los Angeles California $600,000
California Coalition Against Sexual Assault Sacramento California $800,000
LACBA Counsel For Justice Los Angeles California $487,154
Tahirih Justice Center, The San Bruno California $600,000
Weave Inc. Sacramento California $600,000
Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center Denver Colorado $600,000
Ayuda Washington District of Columbia $600,000
Georgia Asylum & Immigration Network, Inc. Atlanta Georgia $600,000
Domestic Violence Action Center Honolulu Hawaii $600,000
Idaho Coalition Against Sexual And Domestic Violence Inc. Boise Idaho $800,000
Metropolitan Family Services Chicago Illinois $600,000
Columbus Regional Shelter For Victims Of Domestic Violence, Inc. Columbus Indiana $600,000
Ethnic Minorities Of Burma Advocacy And Resource Center Des Moines Iowa $600,000
Appalachian Research And Defense Fund Of Kentucky, Inc. Prestonsburg Kentucky $600,000
Cumberland Trace Legal Services Inc. Bowling Green Kentucky $599,999
Pine Tree Legal Assistance Portland Maine $600,000
Sexual Assault/Spouse Abuse Resource Center, Inc., The Bel Air Maryland $600,000
Tahirih Justice Center, The Baltimore Maryland $600,000
Victim Rights Law Center, Inc. Boston Massachusetts $800,000
Arab Community Center For Economic And Social Services (Access) Dearborn Michigan $600,000
Regents Of The University Of Michigan Ann Arbor Michigan $599,124
Tubman Minneapolis Minnesota $400,000
Hope House, Inc. Lees Summit Missouri $600,000
Safe Harbor Ronan Montana $599,946
Women's Center For Advancement Omaha Nebraska $599,967
Washoe Legal Services Inc. Reno Nevada $600,000
New Hampshire Legal Assistance Concord New Hampshire $600,000
Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Council Inc. Ohkay Owingeh New Mexico $599,361
Center For Safety & Change, Inc. New City New York $600,000
In Our Own Voices Inc. Albany New York $600,000
Legal Services NYC Staten Island New York $600,000
LSNY--Bronx Corporation Bronx New York $600,000
Neighborhood Legal Service Inc. Buffalo New York $600,000
New York Asian Women's Center, Inc. New York New York $400,000
New York Legal Assistance Group Inc. New York New York $600,000
Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation New York New York $600,000
Sepa Mujer, Inc. Patchogue New York $600,000
Shalom Task Force, Inc. New York New York $600,000
Center For Family Violence Prevention Greenville North Carolina $600,000
Safe Alliance, Inc. Charlotte North Carolina $596,892
Caws North Dakota Bismarck North Dakota $600,000
Community Legal Aid Services, Inc. Akron Ohio $600,000
Legal Services Of Oklahoma Inc. Oklahoma City Oklahoma $600,000
Young Women's Christian Association Of Oklahoma City Oklahoma City Oklahoma $600,000
Clackamas Women's Services Oregon City Oregon $597,382
University Of Oregon Eugene Oregon $599,210
Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape Harrisburg Pennsylvania $800,000
YWCA Lancaster Lancaster Pennsylvania $581,902
YWCA Of Greater Harrisburg Harrisburg Pennsylvania $600,000
Hopeful Horizons, Inc. Beaufort South Carolina $600,000
South Dakota Network Against Family Violence And Sexual Assault, Inc. Sioux Falls South Dakota $600,000
Mid-South Immigration Advocates, Inc. Memphis Tennessee $600,000
Advocates For Immigrant Survivors Houston Texas $599,917
Mosaic Family Services Inc. Dallas Texas $600,000
Texas Riogrande Legal Aid, Inc. Mercedes Texas $600,000
Young Womens Christian Association Spokane Washington $599,409
Disability Rights Wisconsin, Inc. Madison Wisconsin $600,000
Indianhead Community Action Agency, Incorporated. Ladysmith Wisconsin $600,000
  Total Award Amount   $35,659,296
  Total Number of Awards   59

Alaska Native Justice Center Inc Anchorage Alaska $600,000.00
Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Inc. Juneau Alaska $600,000.00
Kenaitze Indian Tribe Kenai Alaska $599,926.00
American Samoa Legal Aid, Inc Pago Pago American Samoa $600,000.00
Asian Americans Advancing Justice Los Angeles Los Angeles California $600,000.00
California Indian Legal Svcs Inc Escondido California $545,540.00
Family Violence Law Center, The Oakland California $600,000.00
Public Counsel Los Angeles California $449,981.00
Rainbow Services, Ltd. San Pedro California $600,000.00
Santa Clara County Asian Law Alliance, Inc. San Jose California $600,000.00
Women's Shelter Program of San Luis Obispo County San Luis Obispo California $599,820.00
Network For Victim Recovery in the District Of Columbia Washington District of Columbia $800,000.00
Bay Area Legal Services Inc Tampa Florida $599,600.00
Dade County Bar Association Legal Aid Society Miami Florida $600,000.00
Florida Legal Services, Inc. Orlando Florida $600,000.00
Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation Inc Atlanta Georgia $599,999.00
Georgia Legal Services Program, Inc. Atlanta Georgia $600,000.00
Idaho Legal Aid Services Inc Boise Idaho $554,264.00
Ascend Justice Chicago Illinois $525,000.00
Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault Springfield Illinois $800,000.00
Legal Aid Chicago Chicago Illinois $600,000.00
Northern Kentucky Legal Aid Society, Inc. Covington Kentucky $600,000.00
Southeast Louisiana Legal Services Corporation Hammond Louisiana $600,000.00
Caring Unlimited Corporation Sanford Maine $593,653.00
Family Violence Project Augusta Maine $596,527.00
Next Step Domestic Violence Project, The Ellsworth Maine $600,000.00
Partners For Peace Bangor Maine $552,131.00
Heartly House Inc Frederick Maryland $427,999.00
House of Ruth Maryland, Inc. Baltimore Maryland $600,000.00
Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault Silver Spring Maryland $800,000.00
Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence, Inc. Boston Massachusetts $600,000.00
Saheli Inc Burlington Massachusetts $600,000.00
Victim Rights Law Center, Inc. Boston Massachusetts $799,997.00
Michigan Coalition to End Domestic And Sexual Violence Okemos Michigan $533,155.00
Battered Women's Legal Advocacy Project Saint Paul Minnesota $799,973.00
Legal Aid of Western Missouri Kansas City Missouri $600,000.00
Domestic and Sexual Violence Services of Carbon County (DSVS) Red Lodge Montana $599,669.00
Albany Legal Aid Society of Northeastern NY Albany New York $400,000.00
Day One New York New York $600,000.00
Legal Aid Society, The New York New York $400,000.00
Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc Geneva New York $600,000.00
Manhattan Legal Services New York New York $600,000.00
Retreat Inc. East Hampton New York $600,000.00
Safe Horizon, Inc. New York New York $600,000.00
Unity House of Troy, Inc. Troy New York $600,000.00
Legal Aid Society of Cincinnati Cincinnati Ohio $600,000.00
Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence Independence Ohio $800,000.00
Ohio Domestic Violence Network Columbus Ohio $600,000.00
Domestic Violence Intervention Services, Inc. Tulsa Oklahoma $600,000.00
Safenet Services Inc Claremore Oklahoma $599,733.00
Survivor Resource Network, Inc. Ponca City Oklahoma $599,756.00
Centre Safe State College Pennsylvania $600,000.00
Lone Star Legal Aid Houston Texas $600,000.00
Tahirih Justice Center, The Houston Texas $600,000.00
Southwest Virginia Legal Aid Society, Inc Marion Virginia $585,631.00
Tahirih Justice Center, The Falls Church Virginia $600,000.00
King County Sexual Assault Resource Center Renton Washington $800,000.00
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project Seattle Washington $600,000.00
Northwest Justice Project Seattle Washington $600,000.00
  Total Award Amount   $35,762,354.00
  Total Number of Awards 59


LAV ELSI Initiative Awards

H.O.P.E. Helping Ourselves Prevent Emergencies Craig Alaska $400,000
Contra Costa Family Justice Alliance Richmond California $400,000
Nuevo Sendero Inc Orlando Florida $400,000
Raksha Inc Atlanta Georgia $400,000
Alliance Of Local Service Organizations Chicago Illinois $400,000
Esperanza United Saint Paul Minnesota $400,000
The Doves Program Gering Nebraska $399,306
Sojourner House, Inc. North Providence Rhode Island $400,000
  Total Award Amount   $3,199,306
  Total Number of Awards   8


For awards issued before 2021, you can visit our grant awards program page.

Contact Us

If you have questions about the Legal Assistance For Victims Program, you can email us or call 202-307-6026.