Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative

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​​The Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative (DVPI) is a statewide project of Legal Aid of North Carolina that provides legal assistance to victims of domestic violence. DVPI advocates are trained to keep victims safe and help them become self-sufficient so they can live independently from their abusers.

DVPI advocates work closely with community-based programs, agencies and task forces serving victims of domestic violence. The DVPI has existing formal collaborative agreements and referral protocols with more than 60 domestic violence victim services organizations throughout the state, and informal working relationships with at least 20 others. The DVPI also partners with the University of North Carolina School of Law by training and supervising law students in its Domestic Violence Clinic.

Legal Aid of North Carolina receives funding for domestic violence work from a Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant to provide emergency-only services, such as obtaining and enforcing protection orders. LANC also receives funding for domestic violence work from the State of North Carolina.

The DVPI also operates the Battered Immigrant Project​, which provides comprehensive and culturally appropriate legal services to immigrant survivors of violence needing assistance with immigration​.​​​​

Get Help

Legal Aid NC Helpline

Toll-Free: 1 (866) 219-LANC (5262)

8:30 AM – 1:00 PM, Monday – Friday
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM, Monday & Thursday

Apply for free help with civil (non-criminal) legal issues. Those 60 and older should call the Senior Helpline.

Immigration Pathways for Victims (IMMPAV) Helpline

Formerly known as the Battered Immigrant Project

Toll-Free: 1 (866) 204-7612

3:30 PM – 7:30 PM, Tuesday
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM, Thursday

​Free help for immigrants who are victims of domestic violence. Learn more: IMMPAV.