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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

posted on Thu, Oct 17 2013 1:00 pm by The Network for Public Health Law

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Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. (ET).

Intimate partner violence (IPV) impacts millions of individuals across the United States, regardless of age, economic status, race, religion or education.  IPV affects the physical, psychological, and emotional well-being of victims and their families. It is estimated that one-quarter of women in the United States will experience intimate partner violence in their life time. Immigrant women and individuals in same-sex relationships experience abuse at similar rates; however, they often lack legal protections and social support networks generally available for other victims. With the 2013 reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), Congress has the opportunity to strengthen services for immigrants and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) victims.

This webinar will address 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. 


  • (moderator) Cristina M. Meneses, J.D., M.S., Senior Staff Attorney, Network for Public Health Law – Eastern Region
  • Virginia Duplessis, M.S.W., Program Manager, Futures Without Violence
  • Morgan Weibel, J.D., Supervising Immigration Attorney,Tahirih Justice Center
  • Leigh Goodmark, J.D., Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Frances King Carey School of Law, Professor of Law, Director of Clinical Education and Co-director of the Center on Applied Feminism at the University of Baltimore School of Law