The U.S. Department of Justice has renewed a $435,000 grant to the UC Davis Law School’s Family Protection and Legal Assistance Clinic.
Nicole Ford of the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Center of Yolo County – which works closely with the clinic – says women who get legal help are more likely to break the cycle of violence.
"It also allows them to stand up for themselves in a way that they never were before because they feel protected and empowering them to do that ensures that they’re never going to get in a situation where they’re going to put themselves in a place where they feel like they have to depend on this person no matter how bad the abuse is and that’s when it’s breaking the cycle."
The Woodland-based clinic handles about 60 cases a year. Many of their clients are immigrants and Spanish-speakers.