Maria is only 6 months old, but she has already been exposed to violence. Before she was born, her mother experienced domestic violence in pregnancy. After her partner threatened to hurt Maria, her mother left – but didn’t know where to turn for help. Maria’s mom was able to obtain a protection order with the help of a trained pro bono attorney from the Law Center. Now, she and Maria are both safe and away from the violence that can so hurt the development of children and the well-being of parents.

*Name and story has been modified to protect the identity of the child