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The National Center for Access to Justice maintains the excellent Justice Index, which offers in-depth state-by-state comparisons and advanced interactive maps.
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Scientific Polling: How to Talk About Legal Aid

Civil legal aid 9-second soundbite.
In November 2013, Pollster Celinda Lake presented findings and recommendations for building awareness of the role of civil legal aid. Above is the 9-second soundbite. Read the powerpoint. Watch the video.


Practical Implications of Current Domestic Violence Research: For Law Enforcement, Prosecutors and Judges

Andrew R. Klein
U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice
June 1, 2009
This report gives practitioners the research on perpetrators and victims of domestic violence, the impact of current responses to such violence, and the implications of that research for day-to-day, real-world responses to domestic violence by law enforcement officers, prosecutors and judges.

Domestic Violence Counts 2014: A 24-Hour Census of Domestic Violence Shelters and Services

National Network to End Domestic Violence
January 1, 2015
The report is based on the data compiled from the 2014 National Census of Domestic Violence Services. It compiles information on the number of individuals who accessed domestic violence services, the types of services they requested, and the stories and experiences of survivors and advocates.

The Value of Research

“In the long run, legal aid programs’ investment in randomized study will not only improve services and help direct scarce resources, but will also build public support.

The willingness of the legal aid movement to question itself and change in response will demonstrate to the wider world that our work is, in the end, focused on doing the best we can to help very poor people, in often-desperate circumstances, to improve their lives.”

--Steven Eppler-Epstein, Executive Director of Connecticut Legal Services
Harvard Law Review, 2013