Mission Statement

The mission of the Dallas DVLHC is to provide legal services to victims of domestic violence in need of quality representation in the Dallas County civil justice system.

Vision

In 2003, two women joined forces determined to make a difference in the way that family violence is treated in Dallas County. Their experiences, coupled with a passion to change the lives of others walking a similar path, led them to form a nonprofit agency, Women on Watch (WOW).

Through WOW, they began to explore and research the legal and social options open to victims of family violence. They served on the Domestic Violence Task Force for the City of Dallas, and began to network with other domestic violence service providers to determine how to effect change. In addition, the women used their own funds to travel to other states to observe their individual programs.

What they discovered is that an enormous gap existed in the system. There were few civil legal resources available for family violence victims who did not qualify for legal aid or could not afford to hire a qualified attorney to represent them in the family court system.

With this knowledge, the women embarked to form a collaborative effort which brought together law enforcement, the District Attorney’s Office, the major family violence service providers as well as representatives from the legal community in Dallas County to determine how best to approach this gap in services. The result of those many meetings is the birth of the Domestic Violence Legal Help Center or DVLHC.

The mission of DVLHC is to provide legal services to victims of domestic violence in need of quality representation in the Dallas County civil justice system.