WomensLaw.org was founded in February 2000 by Elizabeth Martin with the help of a group of lawyers, teachers, advocates, and web designers who were interested in seeing the power of the Internet help survivors of domestic violence. In 2001, the WomensLaw.org website was launched to provide state-specific legal information and resources for survivors of domestic violence. In 2002, WomensLaw.org added a confidential Email Hotline to offer direct support to survivors, their advocates, friends and family members. Today, more than 1.2 million unique users visit the website annually, and WomensLaw.org provides referrals and information to more than 3,000 individuals through the Email Hotline.
To expand our reach even further, in 2010 WomensLaw.org merged with and became a project of the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), a social change organization dedicated to creating a social, political and economic environment in which violence against women no longer exists. As a project of NNEDV, WomensLaw.org is positioned to help even more survivors while also increasing assistance for the professionals who help them. Learn more about WomensLaw.org and other NNEDV projects on the NNEDV website.
WomensLaw.org has received several awards including The Sunshine Lady Foundation Peace Award (2004), The Mary S. Byron Celebrating Solutions Award (2005), and a Webby Award - Jury Prize for Best Website in the Law Category (2009).
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