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The Domestic Violence and School Safety Workgroup (DVASS) is
a coalition of legal services attorneys practicing in the areas of family law
and education law. The group is
dedicated to exploring ways that the law can help children who have been
affected by domestic violence or homelessness feel and be physically and
emotionally safe at school.
DVASS has been actively engaged in a variety of education and
outreach activities. For example, several members of DVASS were authors of the
publication Educational Rights of
Children Affected by Homelessness and/or Domestic Violence, published by
Massachusetts Advocates for Children in 2006. This publication, like later DVASS community legal education materials,
provides strategies and legal information in four legal areas involving
domestic violence and school safety - the rights of homeless children and
youth, access to school records, restraining orders, and the rights of children
with special educational needs - to help support and protect children at
school. Members of DVASS have presented
community legal education trainings on these topics. DVASS has also developed a training
presentation to accompany the Educational
Rights publication and have conducted several trainings to interested groups
DVASS created the material posted in the Domestic Violence
and Schools section of this website (masslegalhelp.org).
The newest material on the site is a series of checklists
for school officials and parents based on the strategies outlined in the Educational Rights publication. The checklists are designed to be a technical
assistance tool for administrators who are interested in implementing policies
within their schools designed to keep children affected by domestic violence or
For further information contact Jeff Wolf (firstname.lastname@example.org)
9am and 4pm