Domestic Violence

Victims of Crime No Longer Have to Fear Calling 911 in Pennsylvania

Victims of Crime No Longer Have to Fear Calling 911 in Pennsylvania

By Michaela Wallin, Women's Rights Project, ACLU at 4:52pm
No one should be afraid to call 911 when facing danger in their home.
Justice for Jessica: Holding the U.S. Accountable for Protecting Domestic Violence Survivors

Justice for Jessica: Holding the U.S. Accountable for Protecting Domestic Violence Survivors

By Lenora M. Lapidus, Women's Rights Project at 8:11am

It has been 15 years since the tragic deaths of Jessica Lenahan's three daughters.

On June 22, 1999, Jessica's estranged husband, Simon Gonzales, kidnapped Rebecca, Katheryn, and Leslie from their front yard, in violation of a domestic violence…

Victory! Town Will No Longer Treat Domestic Violence Victims as Nuisances

Victory! Town Will No Longer Treat Domestic Violence Victims as Nuisances

By Sandra S. Park, Staff Attorney, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 4:18pm

Three strikes and you're out of your home and on the street – all because you called 911 for help. That was the nightmare faced by Lakisha Briggs and other residents of Norristown, Pa.

Under a local ordinance, three calls to the police in…

Jessica Lenahan

A Mother Who Won't Be Denied Truth and Justice

By Sarah Spears, Program Fellow, ACLU of Colorado & John Krieger, Communications and Outreach Director, ACLU of Colorado at 2:21pm

In the wake of horrible tragedy, solace is often found in knowing that the truth will be sought, and justice will be delivered.

For the last 15 years, Jessica Lenahan, who lost her three daughters in a domestic violence incident, has been denied…

No Crime Victim Should Have to Choose Between Safety and Housing

No Crime Victim Should Have to Choose Between Safety and Housing

By Michaela Wallin, Women's Rights Project, ACLU at 4:06pm

From an early age most of us are told – if you are in danger, call the police for help. However, towns and cities across the country are sending the opposite message – call for help and you could lose your housing.

This was precisely the…

"Hope" Triumphs over Abuse and Housing Discrimination

"Hope" Triumphs over Abuse and Housing Discrimination

By Ramya S., ACLU Women's Rights Project at 12:54pm

Imagine you endure abuse in your own home, and are finally able to flee. You want to keep your children safe, and you are ready to start a new life. But your abuser continues to stalk you. You finally find a safe and affordable place to live.

But…

Domestic Violence: Police Have a Duty to Protect Victims

Domestic Violence: Police Have a Duty to Protect Victims

By Ramya S., ACLU Women's Rights Project at 4:30pm

Last week, the Supreme Court of the State of Washington took an important step forward in the fight to ensure the rights of victims of domestic violence. The Court ruled unanimously in favor of the daughters of the late Baerbel Roznowski, Carola Washburn…

This Woman Was Evicted for WHAT?!

This Woman Was Evicted for WHAT?!

By Elayne Weiss, Washington Legislative Office & Michaela Wallin, Women's Rights Project, ACLU at 4:17pm

It took a while, but earlier this year, Congress reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act, which expanded important housing protections for survivors of domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault. As we reported earlier, previous VAWA protections…

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