Frequently Asked Questions


There are no costs associated with being a member of the network.

How do we become a member?

Any legal service organization that provides free or low cost representation in DC can apply to become a member by contacting

The organization does not need to identify as an organization that serves victims of crime.

Do I have to accept every case that is referred to me?

No. The network does not guarantee that a client will receive services, but we do request that members diligently and thoroughly consider all network referrals for legal advice or representation. We understand that not every case is ripe for legal representation and must be evaluated on an individual basis.

How does the network work?

What happens if we can’t accept a case?

If you are unable to accept a case and this is communicated to the Navigator, the Navigator will review the intake and determine if another member can assist the survivor. If there is no other suitable referral, the Navigator shall provide the survivor with out-of-network services that they may contact on their own.

Who else is a member?

Please view our current network members in our membership directory.

Who should we contact if we have further questions?

You may contact the VLNDC project staff by emailing and we will be in touch with you shortly.

How is this project funded?

The VLNDC was founded through Grant No. 2014-XV-BX-K010, awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The project is currently funded through grants from the District of Columbia Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants (OVSJG) and the DC Bar Foundation.