Information below is provided by the CLAVC Initiative:

The CLAVC Initiative (Civil Legal Aid for Victims of Crime) –

We are a Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance funded program that provides free civil legal help to victims of crime. Many of the crime victims that your police officers encounter every day may be eligible for free legal services through CLAVC.

Victims of crime are often left with significant legal needs that result from their victimization beyond those addressed in the criminal justice system. Child custody, divorce, immigration, recovering from identity theft, healthcare, education plans or access to stable housing are just a few examples of the civil legal needs faced by many victims following a crime.

How victims of crime can get help from CLAVC –

CLAVC lawyers are based in 6 regional legal aid offices throughout the state, as well as 3 state wide legal aid programs.

  • Police officers and other community partners can use this online form to make a direct referral to CLAVC –
  • Or victims of crime in need of civil legal help with their related legal needs can contact CLAVC directly; contact information and intake hours for every CLAVC program can be found at

More information – please help us spread the word!

For more information, including legal information for individuals and service providers, visit the CLAVC website,

We are also happy to meet with you and your team to provide further information about CLAVC, or to make a presentation at a meeting. We were also hoping that you could share information about CLAVC with the other police departments in your network.

I’ve attached pdfs of flyers in EnglishSpanishPortuguese and Vietnamese. We can also supply glossy versions that can be used as posters, as well as postcard sized handouts with CLAVC information to share with clients and community partners.

For more information, or to request outreach materials, contact Rochelle Hahn, or Jamie Sabino,

The CLAVC Initiative is supported by the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance through a Victims of Crime Act of 1984 (VOCA) grant from the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.

Thank you!