Family and Domestic Violence Unit

Harvard Law SchoolHow We Help:

We provide multifaceted representation to domestic violence survivors in an effort to increase their personal safety through abuse prevention orders and other safety planning tools.  We also try to improve the financial security of individuals and families affected by domestic violence, by maximizing the financial resources of a custodial parent and his or her family.

Apply for Assistance:

Clients are referred to the Clinic through its referral partners. There is no formal application process.


To be eligible for legal assistance from the Clinic, you must be referred by one of our partners.  Our client population is prioritized by domestic violence victims and survivors.

Commonly Asked Questions:

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Team Overview:

Nnena E. J. Odim is the Associate Director of the Family/DV Law Practice Unit at the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School.  In addition, Ms. Odim manages the legal end of the Passageway Health-Law Collaborative (PHLC), an innovative health-law collaboration with the Brigham and Women’s Hospital which provides comprehensive direct legal services to low-to moderate-income victims and survivors of domestic violence in the areas of family law, estate and permanency planning, and benefits. Ms. Odim is a 1997 graduate of the Northeastern School of Law and a former clinical student at the Legal Services Center.

Stephanie Davidson joined the Legal Services Center as an Attorney and Clinical Fellow in the Family Law and Domestic Violence Unit in 2014. Previously, Ms. Davidson was a Public Service Venture Fund Fellow at the Urban Justice Center’s Domestic Violence Project in New York City, where she represented low-income domestic violence survivors through the Manhattan and Queens Family Justice Centers and served as the chair of the Legislative Subcommittee to the NYC Lawyer’s Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Ms. Davidson received her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2013, where she received the Gary Bellow Public Service Award and a Dean’s Award for Community Leadership. While in law school, Ms. Davidson was the President of the Harvard Women’s Law Association, worked as a Student Attorney in the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau’s Family Unit, and completed legal internships with the Women’s Law Project, Katz Marshall & Banks, and Cohen Milstein. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Davidson was an investigative analyst with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office’s Sex Crimes Unit. She holds a B.A. from Columbia College at Columbia University.

Legal Disclaimer:

This website is neither a solicitation nor an offer to represent you concerning any legal problem. The information conveyed on this website is not legal advice and is not intended to and does not create an attorney-client relationship between you and our law firm or any attorney with our firm.  Please be s aware that unsolicited letters,  emails, and faxes do not create an attorney-client relationship, and you should not send any confidential information to us unless and until you and our firm enter into a formal agreement establishing an attorney-client relationship.

Contact Information:

If you are part of the population that we serve and have questions about how to receive a referral from one of our referral partners, please call Nnena Odim at 617-390-2586 or email