What’s New on WomensLaw.org
We updated three local programs, The Osage Nation, Native Alliance Against Violence, and Chickasaw Nation Domestic Violence Services, on our Oklahoma Places that Help page.
In response to an Email Hotline inquiry, we added six statutes to the Indiana Statutes page regarding registration and enforcement of a child custody order from another state.
We updated the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women on our New Mexico local programs Places that Help page.
We updated 2 local programs, Ketchikan Indian Community and Chugachmiut, Inc., on our Alaska Places that Help page.
We updated 2 local programs, Maliseet Domestic and Sexual Advocacy Center and Passamaquoddy Peaceful Relations, on our Wyoming Places that Help page.
We added the crimes of impersonation and identity theft to the New Jersey Crimes page and State Statutes page.
We added the crimes of Fraud and Identity Fraud to the New Hampshire Crimes page and State Statutes page.
We added the crimes of Fraud and False Personation to the Nevada Crimes page and State Statutes page.
We added the crimes of criminal impersonation and identity theft to the Nebraska Crimes page and State Statutes page.
We updated the Montana Download Court Forms page and added links to forms related to parenting plans and divorce.
We translated into Spanish the information in our Washington Extreme Risk Protection Order page. This information was edited and updated back in November 2017 with the help of attorneys at Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.
Due to a change in Nebraska law that allows for protection orders to be extended, we changed the information in the question Can I extend my protection order? on our Nebraska Domestic Violence Protection Orders page.
We added the Atlanta Bar Association Lawyer Referral and Information Service as a resource to our Georgia Lawyer Referral Services page.
We added 2 resources, Pathways to Safety International and Vital Voices Global Partnership, to our National Organizations American Women Abroad page.
With the help of SAFE Project, we updated their information on our Wyoming Local Programs page.
We updated 20 resources on our Connecticut Local Programs page in English. Spanish coming soon!
We added the crime of "financial identify fraud or identity fraud" to our South Carolina Crimes page.
With the help of Hill Country Crisis Council, we updated their information in our Texas Local Program page.
We added five firearms-related statutes in Spanish to our Puerto Rico Estatutos page. We also added a link to those statutes on our Puerto Rico State Gun Laws page in English and Spanish since we don't currently have plain-language information related to gun laws.
We added the crimes of nonconsensual disclosure of private intimate images and identity theft to our West Virginia Crimes page and State Statutes page.
We added the crime of use or dissemination of visual recording or photographic device without consent and with intent to self-gratify, harass, or embarrass to our South Dakota Crimes page and State Statutes page.
We added the crime of nonconsensual dissemination of private sexual images to our Oklahoma Crimes page and State Statutes page.
We added the crime of nonconsensual dissemination of private sexual images to the New Hampshire Crimes page and State Statutes page.
We added the crime of distributing a private image with intent to harass, threaten, coerce, or intimidate the person depicted to the Alabama Crimes page.
We updated 31 resources in our Massachusetts Local Programs page in English. Spanish coming soon!
We added the crimes of identity theft and online impersonation to our Mississippi Crimes page and State Statutes page.
Based on an addition to North Carolina law, we added information about the standard for modifying a 50B protective order in the question Can I modify or extend my order? We also re-wrote the rest of the question to clarify/revise the information about extending an order. All changes were done in Spanish and English.
We added information in English and Spanish to our North Carolina Suing an Abuser page about the ability to sue someone civilly for committing the crime of disclosure of private images.
Based on a recent change to New Jersey law that requires law enforcement to accompany the respondent in a restraining order case to seize his/her firearms, we updated the question How can a restraining order help me? in English and Spanish.
We updated 47 resources on our Virginia Local Programs page in English. Spanish coming soon!
We added Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) as a resource to our Pet Safety page in English and Spanish.
We completely revised, augmented, and re-organized our New Jersey State Gun Laws page and added 5 related statutes to our Statutes page! The changes were made in English. Spanish coming soon!
We added the crime of unlawful possession of weapons to our New Jersey Crimes page in English and Spanish and to our Statutes page in English.
We added a new Recording page in our Abuse Using Technology section in English. Spanish translation coming soon!
With help from a local program in New Mexico, we updated 1 local program and 2 courthouse resources on our Places that Help: New Mexico page.
We translated into Spanish the recently-updated section on Sexual Assault/Rape under Forms of Abuse.
We added the crime of unauthorized use of personal identifying information to the Spanish side of our Michigan Crimes page.
Based on changes to Maryland law regarding the definition of child abuse, we updated What is the legal definition of domestic abuse in Maryland? on our Maryland Domestic Violence Protective Orders page. We also updated our Maryland Crimes page based on the elimination of two sexual offense crimes. All changes were made in Spanish and English.
We translated the Divorce information for Maryland.
We updated 4 resources on our Maryland Statewide Programs page in English. Spanish coming soon!
We updated our Housing Laws section in Colorado based on a change to the law that now allows victims of stalking and unlawful sexual behavior to get the same housing protections as victims of domestic violence/abuse. We also added a new question called Is the information that I tell my landlord confidential? in English and Spanish.
We translated the question "If the other parent's new partner is abusive or a registered sex offender, do I have the right to know?" in our Texas Custody page.
We added a state-specific Maine Divorce page and three corresponding statutes to our State Statutes page.
In every state, we added a question to our Restraining Orders page called "Can the abuser have a gun?" in English and Spanish.
On our Where to Find Help page we added 2 Ohio resources and updated 1 Colorado and 1 Tennessee resource.
With the help of attorneys at Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, we edited and updated our Washington Extreme Risk Protection Order page.
We added the crime of unauthorized use of personally identifying information to our Michigan Crimes page and State Statutes page.
In response to an Email Hotline inquiry, we added 4 new laws to the D.C. Statutes page regarding parental kidnapping. We also added a link to the definition of parental kidnapping in English and Spanish on our Crimes page.
We added the crime of identity fraud and impersonation to our Massachusetts Crimes page in English and Spanish and to our State Statutes page in English.
We added a new Kentucky Housing Laws page on housing protections for victims of domestic violence, interpersonal violence, and certain crimes.
We updated the Eastern Shore Coalition Against Domestic Violence resource on our Virginia Where to Find Help page.
After two years of planning and hard work, we launched the new version of WomensLaw.org on October 24, 2017! The website is now fully mobile too!
We updated and added some information to our general Parental Kidnapping page in English and Spanish.
We added information to "If I am the victim of a crime, where can I get additional help?", on the Wisconsin Crimes page. "The Wisconsin Department of Justice also runs Safe at Home, Wisconsin's address confidentiality program for victims of abuse, stalking, trafficking, and those in fear for their physical safety."
We added information about the abuser paying for the victim's costs in the question How can a protective order help me? in our Louisiana Protective Orders (for Domestic Abuse) section.
We added the crimes of identity theft and false impersonation to our Kansas Crimes page and State Statutes page.
We revised the information on our Mississippi Divorce page regarding irreconcilable differences.
We added the crime of "battery of a dating partner" and "aggravated assault upon a dating partner" to our Louisiana Crimes page. These crimes were added to Louisiana's laws in August 2017.
We added a new resource for crime victims to our Arkansas Crimes page in English and Spanish.
We added the crime of sexual extortion in English and Spanish to our Arkansas Crimes page and in English to our Statutes page. The crime was added to Arkansas law in August 2017.
We updated resources on our Michigan Where to Find Help page in English. Spanish soon to come! (1 Statewide; 36 Legal Assistance; 6 Lawyer Referral Services)
Based on changes to Minnesota laws, we updated our Harassment Restraining Orders page, revising the information we had and adding a new question called How can a harassment restraining order be served? We also added a corresponding statute to our Statutes page.
We added a new resource to our National Organization Child Abuse page in English and Spanish.
We added a state-specific Divorce page in Minnesota and 3 corresponding statutes in the State Statutes page.
We added a small section in English and Spanish to our Colorado Restraining Orders section called Civil Protection Order Filed by an Employer in order to clarify that an employer can file for a domestic violence protection order, which is not the case in most states.
We updated resources on our Montana Where to Find Help page in English. (1 Statewide; 25 Advocates and Shelters; 3 Legal Assistance; 1 Finding a Lawyer)
We updated our Illinois Download Court Forms page in English and Spanish, adding additional links to court forms.
We added new information in English and Spanish to our Washington Restraining Orders section (in multiple questions) about the penalty for violating each type of protection order.
We translated into Spanish the GPS Monitoring page, which was added to our Technology Abuse section in English in June.
We added "eavesdropping" in Spanish to our Illinois Crimes page.
Based on feedback from a focus group of WomensLaw.org users, we changed the title of our State and Local Programs pages to Advocates and Shelters (in Spanish, Intercesoras y Albergues). We hope that this new title more clearly conveys what is found on the page!
We added "tracking device; placement or installment on motor vehicle without consent" in Spanish to our Michigan Crimes page.
We completely reorganized and renamed our Safety Tips page (formerly known as Staying Safe) and we added a new section called Safety Planning with Children in English. Spanish soon to come!
We added "photographing, videotaping or electronically surveilling partially nude or nude person or the sexual or other intimate parts of a person around the person’s clothing" and "dissemination or possession of obscene matter" in Spanish to our Massachusetts Crimes page.
We added a Nebraska state-specific Divorce page and three corresponding statutes to the State Statutes page.
We added the crimes of obtaining property by false personation, home or private business invasion by false personation, making false statement to obtain property or credit, criminal use of personal identification information, unlawful possession of the personal identification information of another person in English and Spanish to our Florida Crimes page.
We completely re-wrote and re-organized our Colorado State Gun Laws page in English and Spanish.
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