Domestic Violence Resources

Status of Protections in the U.S. for Victims of Domestic Violence in Same-Sex Relationships

This issue brief examines how a state’s approach to recognizing the marital status of same-sex couples may impact or implicate the applicability of domestic violence statutes to unmarried victims in same-sex relationships. Included is a fact sheet examining laws regarding domestic violence and same-sex relationships in each state.

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Intimate Partner Violence in the LGBTQ Community: Examining the Legal, Practical and Real World Challenges Facing Survivors

March 28, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. EST. This webinar will focus primarily on those issues impacting the LGBTQ community in order to gain a better understanding of the current legal landscape, the status of protections for LGBTQ victims of IPV, and the practical challenges presented in serving this community.  Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of people working in the field and who are actively involved in improving access to protections and services for the LGBTQ community. View the playback.

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State Fact Sheets: Domestic Violence and Homelessness – Legal Interventions

Many states have enacted laws to aid victims of domestic violence in securing or retaining safe housing solutions. These fact sheets for 50 states and the District of Columbia examine the correlation between domestic violence and homelessness, both nationally and in the individual state. It also details legal interventions designed to protect the housing rights of victims.

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Issue Brief: Domestic Violence and Homelessness

This issue brief examines the correlation between domestic violence and homelessness and identifies the landscape of state-specific legal interventions aimed at preventing victims from become homeless.

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50-State Compilation: State Laws Addressing Housing Rights of Domestic Violence Victims

This 50-State Compilation summarizes what legal protections are available regarding domestic violence and housing issues in each state.

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The ACA as a tool for Interpersonal Violence and HIV Prevention

For some women, intimate partner violence (IPV) and the risk for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection are often in a deadly, cyclical intersection that makes it difficult to discern which came first. The new tools in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that offer protections for individuals experiencing IPV may also help address the risk for HIV infection.

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Issue Brief: Preventing Domestic Violence in Multi-Unit Housing

This issue brief provides a general introduction to the different types of laws that can be used to prevent domestic violence in multi-unit housing and reduce homelessness among domestic violence victims and survivors.

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Intimate Partner Violence as a Public Health Issue: Violence Against Women Act and other Legal Protections for Immigrant and LGBT Communities

This webinar addresses the importance of viewing intimate partner violence as a public health issue and discuss how VAWA and other legal remedies are used to help vulnerable populations such as immigrants and LGBT individuals.

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Map of Same-Sex Domestic Violence Protections

Domestic Violence (DV) affects millions of individuals across the U.S. The law can help provide protection, however, the law treats same-sex couples differently in many states. This resource shows the coverage of DV laws, protection of DV laws and civil protective orders in every state and D.C.

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Waiting for Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization

Domestic Violence

In late April, the U.S. Senate approved legislation to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) of 1994, which included strengthened protections for victims of intimate partner violence, in particular for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) victims. The version of the reauthorization bill that passed the House of Representatives omitted a crucial provision.

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