disAbility Law Center of Virginia


dLCV will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday beginning Wednesday, November 25th at 2:00 p.m., and will reopen Monday, November 30th at 8:30 a.m.

Lesson Never Learned: Lethal Restraint at Western State Hospital

A young woman with mental illness died while involuntarily committed to Western State Hospital. dLCV’s investigation revealed the facility subjected her to abusive restraint throughout the 26 days preceding her death. Read dLCV’s full investigative report,  Lesson Never Learned: Lethal Restraint at Western State Hospital. The report shines a light on the facility’s long history of dangerous seclusion and restraint practices and details the young woman’s final days in the state’s care. Read the report, the Commonwealth’s response, our press release and more.

Draft Final - 2 Employment Rights Ask the ExpertSometimes disability programs and rights can be hard to figure out.  Have you ever just wanted to ask some basic questions, and know that you are getting the correct answers?  Have you ever wanted to ask an expert?

Welcome to the dLCV’s new video series, “Ask the Expert.” We will feature a new video each month, with  answers to those questions from someone you can trust.
Today you can ask an expert about Employment Rights.  What are my rights? How do I get help when I have issues with my employer?
Watch and learn!  Share this information with friends, family colleagues, everyone!
In the coming months, we plan to cover a wide variety of topics about legal rights of people with disabilities. Let us know how you like it, and what questions you would like to “ask the expert.”

Join our mission to protect and advocate for people with disabilities in Virginia.

The disAbility Law Center helps with disability-related problems like abuse, neglect, and discrimination. We also help people with disabilities obtain services and treatment. All callers receive help with these problems. Individuals with problems, targeted in our program goals, may also receive advocacy services and/or legal representation.

Our Mission through zealous and effective advocacy and legal representation to: protect and advance legal, human, and civil rights of persons with disabilities; combat and prevent abuse, neglect, and discrimination; and promote independence, choice, and self-determination by persons with disabilities.

If you have any questions please call 804-225-2042 or 800-552-3962 or email info@dLCV.org.