One Simple Idea That Could Reduce Domestic Violence: Many victims can't afford lawyers. What if we gave them one for free?

By Senior Editor Melissa Jeltsen, The Huffington Post

A report released Tuesday is proposing a simple way to reduce domestic violence: Give victims free lawyers. 

Lawyers are expensive, and women who need them often can't afford them. Without legal counsel, it can be harder for women to get protective orders, leave their abusive partners and escape the cycle of violence. And women stuck in violent relationships tend to miss work because of injury or rack up hospital bills they can never pay off, according to the report by The Institute for Policy Integrity, a nonpartisan think tank.