DVP was first established in 2003 as a response to the disconnect amongst legal and social services providers for victims. From one staff member in one borough, DVP has expanded to sixteen full time staff and a team of over 12 interns, volunteers and fellows who provide services in all five boroughs of NYC.
DVP is one of eleven social justice projects of the Urban Justice Center. While the projects operate independently, they share the agency's infrastructure and a common commitment to finding innovative solutions to the problems of poor and vulnerable people. Each project is independently responsible for fiscal and programmatic sustainability and function.
"While criminal prosecutions may not be the preferred option for many victims, civil legal assistance can often pave the way to greater safety, security, and stability. Prosecutors, thanks to Urban Justice, have been able to make referrals in a thoroughly seamless fashion." — Assistant District Attorney Wanda Lucibello, Chief of Special Victims of the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office
"I finally feel like I'm in control again, because I have people on my side who listen. I'm finally on my way to getting my life back." — DVP Client
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