HRW Joins the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office
Domestic Violence Pro Bono Attorney Program
By William Sleight April 17, 2015
HRW’s John Graff, Ann Marie Noonan, Scott Roberts, and Dave Wilson all joined the Middlesex DA’s Domestic Violence Pro Bono Attorney Program.
HRW is proud to join several other major Boston law firms in supporting the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office (MDAO) Domestic Violence Pro Bono Attorney Program. This program is a public/private partnership that aligns high-risk victims with free legal representation for restraining order hearings. After recognizing that fewer than 50% of domestic violence victims returned to court to extend temporary restraining orders, the MDAO reached out to the private bar to seek assistance in accompanying victims to court. This program matches victims with free attorneys from several major Boston law firms.
The goals of Domestic Violence Pro Bono Attorney Program are as follows:
- To provide victims of domestic violence with meaningful and effective legal assistance at restraining hearings;
- To protect victims through legal advocacy; and
- For victims to leave and remain out of abusive relationships.
For more information about how this program works, check out the MDAO’s fact sheet here.
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