New Orleans, La. – The program calls for more private attorneys to offer their services at no cost for victims. Lawyers will help with protective orders, getting victims through the family court system and getting access to safe housing. Partners include the Tulane Law School Domestic Violence Clinic, Southeastern Louisiana Legal Services and the Adams and Reese law firm. Landrieu says the pilot program is part of the reforms under way on the city's criminal justice system. Baltimore, Maryland, is the other city participating in the Access for Justice project. Meantime, the Louisiana Attorney General's Office and the US Attorney's Office in New Orleans will provide training for city police in better understanding domestic violence victims and abusers, along with an overview of federal, state and local laws that apply to domestic violence cases.
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