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BWJP:  Battered Women's Justice Project

Participation in the Battered Women's Justice Project (BWJP)


Recognized for its quality services and national leadership role, the National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women was chosen in 1993 to receive funds from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), as part of the Battered Women’s Justice Project (BWJP).

BWJP provides technical assistance, training, consultation, and other resources on specific areas of civil and criminal law, as well as information about promising practices to more effectively respond to domestic violence. These services can be accessed through a toll-free telephone line. BWJP does not provide direct representation.

BWJP is a nationally recognized partnership and collaboration between Minnesota Program Development, Inc., popularly known as the Domestic Abuse Intervention Project of Duluth, and the National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women. 

As of October 1, 2006, the BWJP Criminal and Civil Office, is located in Minneapolis and managed by Minnesota Program Development, Inc. The National Clearinghouse, located in Philadelphia, manages the BWJP Defense Office.  

As part of BWJP, the National Clearinghouse continues to be an active partner in the Domestic Violence Resource Network (DVRN), a coalition of DHHS-funded special resource centers on domestic violence. The DVRN has now grown to include other projects funded by DHHS, such as the culturally specific institutes on domestic violence, the National Domestic Violence Hotline, and the National Training and TA Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health.

For more information about the Battered Women’s Justice Project, go to:

All BWJP offices can be reached by calling 800/903-0111:

  • For the Criminal and Civil Justice Office, dial ext. 1

  • For the Defense Office (NCDBW), dial ext. 3

More information about the Domestic Violence Resource Network can be found at the website of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence:

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