ABA Statement on Senate Judiciary Committee Passage of Domestic Violence Bill
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 16, 2008 – Every day lives are at risk because we do not adequately protect or advocate for victims of domestic violence.
The American Bar Association applauds the Senate Judiciary Committee for reporting S.1515, the National Domestic Violence Volunteer Attorney Network Act, out of committee. This legislation, if passed, can save lives and shield the innocent from violence.
The legislation would enhance the ability of lawyers to utilize tools – such as protection orders and child custody orders — to help those who desperately need it. The bill would provide mentoring and training so that lawyers can provide more effective services free of charge.
Thousands of victims of domestic violence go without legal representation every year — something that so many of us take for granted. Legal assistance is also the most effective intervention for victims.
The ABA thanks Senators Joseph Biden and Arlen Specter for their leadership on this critical matter, and urges the full Senate to expeditiously adopt S. 1515.