Mary Byron thought the law would protect her.

It didn't and she was viciously killed by an abusive ex-boyfriend she thought was in jail. Today there are still many like Mary, who seek protection from continuing intimate partner violence. At the Mary Byron Project, we believe the law should protect them and we strive to make sure it is doing so.

We help prevent abusive partners from misusing the system to continue their manipulation, control, and abuse. We go to higher courts on behalf of victim-survivors to ensure the law is applied in a way that protects them, to prevent abusive partners from continuing their abuse through the courts, and to hold judges accountable to survivors. The Mary Byron Project is enhancing justice through appellate advocacy, training and education, and legislative and policy work because we believe that people like Mary should be protected by the law.

More about the Project


Enhancing Justice

Our Appellate Advocacy Program assists victims when their efforts at relief are unjustly thwarted.

Our skilled staff and volunteer attorneys provide representation for survivors in appeals when relief has been denied or when relief was granted but the perpetrator has filed an appeal.  We handle appeals from many types of domestic violence cases. Our goals are to keep survivors and their families safe and to shape the law to enhance justice for other survivors.

Awareness Campaigns

We believe intimate partner violence can be prevented and eliminated within our society.

Change will result when local communities confront the root causes of intimate partner violence and develop solutions to break the cycle.  From providing business leaders with the tools to keep their workplaces safe, to empowering young people to play a role in ending intimate partner violence in future generations, we are helping build safer communities.

Shaping Leadership

We're creating leaders in the movement to end violence by empowering through knowledge. 

We offer various types of training designed to help professionals and community groups understand the dynamics of intimate partner violence, the application of law to situations involving domestic abuse and dating violence, and the need for changes in workplaces, courtrooms, and other community settings. We’re happy to tailor training for your group.