The Victim Legal Network of DC (VLNDC) is a comprehensive intake and referral network that leverages the strengths and specialized knowledge of the District’s legal community to ensure that there is no wrong door to justice for crime victims. VLNDC is coordinated by Network for Victim Recovery of DC, a community-based legal services provider that also acts as the technical assistance partner, and is composed of 25 District legal services providers.
Washington, DC was chosen as a site for the Wraparound Victim Legal Assistance Network project in 2014. The partners on the project included the Mayor’s Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants (OVSJG), Network for Victim Recovery of DC (NVRDC), Amara Legal Center, Ayuda, and Legal Aid Society of DC. After a rigorous planning process, the project partners developed the current network structure. Utilizing a hub-and-spoke model, with VLNDC Navigators sitting at the hub, VLNDC seamlessly connects crime victims with legal assistance regardless of which partner receives the initial contact.
Since the end of the Wraparound Victim Legal Assistance Network project, VLNDC has been funded by the Mayor’s Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants (OVSJG).