Susheela Varky

Susheela Varky

T (804) 782-9430 ext. 33   |   F (804) 649-0974   |   E susheela@vplc.org

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Overview

The domestic and sexual violence attorney at VPLC addresses the legal needs of victims of domestic or intimate partner violence through training and technical assistance to legal aid and private attorneys, advocates and other service providers, legislative advocacy and direct legal representation in limited situations.

Advocacy

As a statewide support organization for local legal aid programs throughout Virginia, VPLC engages in public policy efforts to improve and/or establish laws that empower domestic and sexual violence victims and hold perpetrators accountable for their actions. With other local and statewide stakeholders and input from local legal aid attorneys and victims services staff members, VPLC strives to educate legislators about the impact of various protocols, procedures, and legislation on victims and their families.

Training

Trainings in Virginia to staff to staff of victim’s services programs, members of bar associations, and employees of other organizations that serve victims of domestic and sexual violence and their families are a mainstay of the domestic and sexual violence attorney’s work at VPLC.  The domestic and sexual violence attorney travels statewide to inform these partners about laws relating to domestic and sexual violence, provide updates about new Virginia laws that become effective on July 1st of each year and the federal options that are available to immigrant victims of domestic and sexual violence.

Representation

For assistance, call the local legal aid office that serves your area or call 1-866-534-5243 to contact your local legal aid office. As a statewide support organization for local legal aid programs and their staff, VPLC does not generally handle individual cases except when asked to act as co-counsel with a legal aid attorney. On a case-by-case basis, however, VPLC may be available to provide direct legal representation in matters involving complicated or innovative legal issues.

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