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National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women

125 S. 9th Street, Suite 302, Philadelphia, PA 19107
215-351-0010 or 800-903-0111 ext 3 (phone)
215-351-0779 (fax)
  • 215-351-0010 Accepts collect calls from women in prison
  • To ensure justice for battered women charged with crimes related to their battering while preventing their further victimization by the criminal legal system.
  • No financial eligibility requirements.
  • No direct legal representation to individuals; provide technical assistance/support to battered women defendants and their
    defense teams. To seek assistance, call the office directly.
  • Domestic violence and criminal defense.
  • The National Clearinghouse is a national nonprofit resource and advocacy center providing individualized technical assistance and other support to battered women defendants and their defense teams (attorneys, battered women’s advocates and expert witnesses). Have worked with battered women who killed their abusive partner in self-defense; assisted in cases where battered women were coerced into crimes by their abuser or were charged with “failing to protect” their children from their batterer’s violence. Correspond with incarcerated battered women filing appeals or applying for clemency. The National Clearinghouse also maintains an extensive Resource Library of articles, case law, and litigation materials; coordinates a national network of advocates and other professionals assisting battered women defendants; and conducts community and professional training seminars. For information on publications or the Supporting Members’ Network, contact the National Clearinghouse.
  • Sue Osthoff
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