|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 22, 2015
Domestic Violence and Family Law Clinic Launched by
Council Member Ben Kallos and the Urban Justice Center
Clinic will provide free legal services to individuals needing representation for a wide variety of family law matters with focus on domestic violence
New York, NY – A domestic violence and family law clinic was announced yesterday by Council Member Ben Kallos to be offered in his district office in partnership with the Urban Justice Center (UJC). Occurring the second Monday of every month, the clinic will offer constituents the opportunity to meet with a staff member from UJC's Domestic Violence Project to discuss issues including child custody, divorce, identity theft, and domestic violence. Council District 5 residents can reserve hour-long, one-on-one appointments through the Council Member's office. The first session will take place on November 9th from 2pm to 6pm.
“Sadly, no one can escape domestic violence by virtue of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, or socioeconomic class; it happens to all people and this clinic is here to help," said Council Member Ben Kallos. "It is crucial that everyone has access to professional advice to help them understand their rights so they can protect their interests and the interests of their families. I am pleased to partner with the incredible team at the Urban Justice Center's Domestic Violence Project to make these resources available to my constituents.”
“We are excited and honored to work in partnership with the Council Member and his team,” said Madeline Garcia Bigelow, Managing Director of the Domestic Violence Project at UJC. “We believe that it is not enough to provide high quality services to victims of domestic violence. Services must be accessible, client centered and compassionate. Clients should have access to safety and relief from violence within their own communities. Council Member Kallos’ partnership sends a strong message to the community that access can be found in their community with DVP. We are thankful for his commitment to pushing the needle on the definition of access.”
There are more than 10 million abuse victims annually. One in three women and one in four men have been victims of some form of physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime. In 2013, the 19th precinct represented by Council Member Kallos and covering the Upper East Side received 1,417 calls for domestic violence issues.
Residents of Council District 5 who are experiencing a family law issue or would like to refer someone for assistance can contact Council Member Kallos’ office at 212-860-1950 to schedule an appointment to meet with a UJC representative. The Council Member’s office is a safe place and appointments will remain confidential.
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the announcement was followed last night by a Domestic Violence and Family Law Informational Session presented by the Urban Justice Center and held at Council Member Kallos’ District Office at 244 East 93rd Street.