Bar News - May 14, 2010
DOVE Coordinator Named To ‘Best Practice’ Panel
Pamela Dodge, coordinator of Pro Bono’s DOVE (Domestic Violence Emergency) Project, was asked by the ABA to join a national panel to help write guidelines on best practices for domestic violence programs.
Dodge, who was worked for the Pro Bono program since 1997 and has served as coordinator for DOVE since 2001, is on a 10-member steering committee that first met in a two-day session in Washington, DC, to work on the guidelines. The best practices document will be used as a training curriculum and for other purposes to assist attorneys who are setting up programs to aid pro se litigants in obtaining restraining orders. The federally funded project is overseen by the ABA Commission on Domestic Violence, which intends to publish the Best Practices material sometime this year.
"Pam Dodge’s selection to join in this effort is an honor both for her and for the DOVE Project and its network of volunteers," commented Pro Bono Director Virginia Martin. "It is recognition of the creativity and effectiveness of DOVE operations under Pam’s coordination, particularly in the area of volunteer attorney training." Also serving on the panel from NH is Grace Mattern, Executive Director of the NH Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, who has worked closely with Dodge on the DOVE Project over the years.
Earlier this year, the DOVE Project launched a North Country Outreach effort, which pairs volunteer attorneys from more populous areas with domestic violence shelters in remote areas of the state. The project tries to minimize, through training and technology, the problems of distance between volunteers and those they advise.
Several years ago, DOVE was recognized by the ABA for its delivery model which involves close coordination with local domestic violence shelters and local referral panels.
DOVE receives funding from the NH Bar Foundation IOLTA Program, local United Ways, private contributions, the Violence Against Women Act and the generosity of NH Bar Association members.
The Steering Committee to Develop Best Practices for Attorneys in Pro Se Delivery of Civil Protection Orders is expected to complete its work later this summer.
The project is funded by a federal Violence Against Women Grant (#2009-TA-AX-K006).