What’s New on WomensLaw.org
We completely revamped our Illinois Custody page in English, adding multiple questions and revising the whole section based on 2016 changes to Illinois law.
We added new information to our New York Orders of Protection section about the ability to file a petition for an order of protection or a modification petition in the criminal court when the family court is closed. We also improved the information on our New York Divorce, Parental Kidnapping and Custody pages - all changes were made in English and Spanish.
Based on a new law that became effective in 2016, we added two questions in English and Spanish to our Illinois Custody page regarding relocating with a child. We also added the related statutes to our Statutes page.
In response to an Email Hotline inquiry, we added the law about criminal statutes of limitations to our New York Statutes page.
We revised and reorganized the information on our Wisconsin State Gun Laws page and added new questions about extending a restraining order in three different sections on our Wisconsin Restraining Orders page.
We added the crime of extortion to the Iowa Crimes page and Statutes page.
We added the crimes of invasion of privacy, representations depicting nudity, interference with custody, sexual assault of a child, and first- and second-degree homicide to our Wisconsin Crimes page and Statutes page.
We revised and updated the information on our Puerto Rico Custody, Crimes and Divorce pages in English and Spanish.
We added two new resources, VictimConnect and Journey Out, in Spanish and English to our National Organizations page and updated 5 other resources.
We added the crime of disclosure of sexually explicit images without consent to our Vermont Crimes page and Statutes page.
We added a new resource for victims of crime - The D.C. Victim Hotline to our Washington, D.C. Crimes page in English.
We made some edits to our Federal Gun Laws page in English and Spanish - adding information from the Supreme Court case, United States v. Castleman, and other additional information.
We completely revised the Nevada State Gun Laws page in English, improving the information on the page. (The Spanish translation is coming soon!)
In New York, we added 5 new crimes to our Crimes page, separated all 25 crimes into degrees and hyperlinked each crime by degree to our Statutes page. We also greatly improved the question What is the legal definition of domestic violence ("family offenses") in New York? in our Orders of Protection section by hyperlinking each of the 32 family offenses to the corresponding criminal statutes. All changes were made in English and Spanish.
We added the New Hampshire Bar Association Program to our New Hampshire Statewide Programs page, updated the description for the Vermont Network Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence on the Vermont Statewide Programs page, updated the description for the Ohio Domestic Violence Network on the Ohio Statewide Programs page, and updated the description for the West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence Central Service Office on the West Virginia Statewide Programs page.
We updated and edited the Internet Security page in the Staying Safe section of the website in Spanish (the English was edited in February 2016).
We updated the links to outside information on our Indiana Custody and Divorce pages.
We re-wrote our entire Nevada Custody page in English, adding information based on recent legislative changes. We also revised our Nevada Parental Kidnapping page.
We added the crime of violation of privacy in the first degree to our Hawaii Statutes page and Crimes page.
In response to an inquiry about the topic on the Email Hotline, we added the crime called dissemination of an unlawful image to our Nevada Statutes page and Crimes page. We also added 7 crimes to our Spanish Crimes page, which had previously been added to the English Crimes page.
We added the crime of non-consensual dissemination of private sexual images to our our Illinois Statutes page and Crimes page in English.
We added the crimes of 1) robbery and 2) observation of sexual contact; reproduction or disclosure of images of sexual contact to our New Jersey Statutes page and Crimes page.
We added the crime of stalking to our Guam Statutes page and Crimes page.
In the Preparing for Court section, we updated our Legal Definitions page, in English and Spanish.
In response to an inquiry on the Email Hotline about the distribution of intimate images in Delaware, We added the statute called violation of privacy to our Delaware Statutes page and Crimes page.
In our New Hampshire Custody and Divorce sections, we updated the links to outside websites. We also added information about the best interest factors considered by a judge in custody cases to our NH Statutes page.
We translated Georgia State Gun Laws into Spanish (after having revised the content in this section in September 2015).
We updated and edited the Internet Security page in the Staying Safe section of the website in English.
We added the crime of disorderly conduct, which includes distributing intimate images, to our California Crimes page and Statutes page.
We added the crime of sexual cyberharassment to our Florida Crimes page and Statutes page.
In response to an Email Hotline inquiry, we added the crime of depriving a person of custodial or parental rights to the Minnesota Crimes page and Statutes page.
We improved the English and Spanish content in 18 states/territories in the State Gun Laws section for the questions "What is the difference between state and federal gun laws?" and "Who do I notify if I think the abuser should not have a gun?" (The other 36 states/territories were completed in January 2016.)
Based on an Email Hotline inquiry, we added 4 new statutes to our Montana Statutes page regarding enforcement and registration of a foreign custody order.
We improved the English content in 36 states in the State Gun Laws section for the questions "What is the difference between state and federal gun laws?" and "Who do I notify if I think the abuser should not have a gun?" We will now begin updating this same content in the remaining 18 states, in Spanish and English.
We updated our California Housing Laws section in English and Spanish based on changes to California law that became effective 1/1/16.
Based on an Email Hotline question, we added three new crimes in Louisiana to our Crimes page and to our Statutes page called:Video voyeurism; Nonconsensual disclosure of a private image; and Telephone communications; improper language; harassment.
We added the crimes of stalking in the first degree and stalking in the second degree to our Kentucky Crimes page.
We added 4 new statutes to our Louisiana Statutes page related to Louisiana's new sexual assault protective orders. Next, we will create a new page in our Know the Laws section to explain the laws in "plain language."
A new law became effective in October 2015 in North Carolina, which created a civil no contact order for victims of sex offenses where the offender was convicted of the offense in criminal court and ordered to register as a sex offender. WomensLaw.org added the 11 relevant statutes to our NC Statutes page along with a note to our website visitors to explain that a new page will soon be created.
We updated all of the non-legal organizations (more than 100 of them!) that are listed on our New York State and Local Programs page, adding descriptions of the services offered for every listing and adding many new listings.
We edited and updated our LGBTQ Victims page (formerly the Same-Sex Abuse page).
We translated into English our recently revised Protection Orders section for Puerto Rico, in which we made multiple changes based on revisions to the state laws. Previously, this page was only in Spanish.
We updated the contact information for legal resources listed on our South Dakota Finding a Lawyer page and added 6 new legal services organizations to the page. We also updated the links to outside information on our South Dakota Custody page.
Continuing towards our goal of translating the whole state of Washington, we translated the Washington Custody page into Spanish!
We created a new section to our Maine Know the Laws section - check out our Maine Housing Laws page! We also added the relevant statutes to our Maine Statutes page.
We translated into Spanish the contact information for 114 North Carolina State and Local Programs, which we recently updated in English.
We verified and updated the contact information for each courthouse on our Courthouse Locations page in Washington in English and Spanish.
We added a new resource in English and Spanish to our National Organizations Rape/Sexual Assault page called the It Happened to Alexa Foundation, which offers financial support to rape victims' families to travel to a criminal trial against the rapist.
We updated our Oregon Restraining Orders section to include the commonly-used acronyms for each restraining order and to make it clearer that the sexual abuse protective orders protect victims of all forms of sexual assault.
We updated all of the legal organizations (more than 100!) that are listed on our New York Finding a Lawyer page, adding descriptions of the services offered for every listing and adding many new listings.
We translated into Spanish the recently-updated legal resources on our Washington Finding a Lawyer page (57 of them!)
We translated into Spanish all of the legal and non-legal resources and courthouse information on our Oklahoma Where to Find Help page, which includes more than 150 records.
Based on changes to D.C. law, we updated our D.C. State Gun Laws page.
Based on changes to Arkansas law, we updated and improved our Arkansas State Gun Laws page, in English and Spanish.
We substantially revised our Georgia State Gun Laws page, updating and rewriting the information we had in that section.
After being contacted by NIWAP to add them as a resource to WomensLaw.org, we added the National Immigrant Women's Advocacy Project (NIWAP), both in English and Spanish, to our Helping Others page, under the Lawyers section.
We updated all of the legal and non-legal resources and courthouse information on our Oklahoma Where to Find Help page.
We have begun to translate all of the information for an additional state, Washington! So far, we translated all of the sections in our Restraining Orders page, which includes Domestic Violence Orders for Protection page, the Sexual Assault Protection Orders page, the Civil Anti-Harassment Orders page, and the Stalking Protection Orders page.
We updated all of the legal and non-legal resources in Spanish and English on our Arkansas Where to Find Help page. In addition, we added 5 new organizations that provide services to domestic violence victims and survivors on our AR State and Local Programs page and 2 new legal resources on our AR Finding a Lawyer page.
We updated our California Housing Laws section in English and Spanish to reflect a recent change in the law that requires a victim who is terminating his/her lease to pay rent only for the next 14 days instead of 30 days.
We updated a few questions on our Arizona State Gun Laws page based on legislative changes to include two more legal reasons why a person might be prohibited from having a gun in his/her possession. We also changed information on our Arizona Custody page to reflect changes in the law regarding relocation of a child. All changes were made in English and Spanish.
We updated our Arkansas Domestic Violence Orders of Protection section in Spanish and English based on amendments to Arkansas law; changes include adding in-laws as a possible family or household member against whom an order of protection can be sought. We added the new crime in Arkansas called Unlawful distribution of sexual images or recordings to our Crimes page and our AR Statutes pages.
We revised our Marital / Partner Rape page in English and Spanish, improving the content and updating the statistics regarding the occurrence of sexual coercion/rape within intimate relationships.
Based on statutory changes to Alabama law that took effect in June 2015, we updated almost all of the Know the Laws sections in Alabama, adding new questions and revising others. We also added two new statutes to the Alabama Statutes page.
Inspired by an Email Hotline inquiry, we just added a new section to our Oregon pages about the Housing Laws that protect victims of stalking, sexual assault and domestic violence.
We updated the contact information and added descriptions for the 39 organizations that provide services to domestic violence victims and survivors on our Arkansas State and Local Programs page.
We added a new Danger Assessment page in our Learn About Abuse section, where users can learn more about some of the factors that indicate a victim is at greater risk of being seriously injured or killed by an abuser.
At the suggestion of people who wrote to us, we added a new resource to our National Organizations page, in Spanish and English, for Take Back the Night Foundation and the Support, Advocacy & Resource Center to our Washington Local Programs page. We also updated and translated into Spanish all of the resources on Finding a Lawyer page in California (78 of them!) in English and Spanish.
We improved the Alabama Finding a Lawyer page, updating all of the current listings, adding descriptions of services, and adding 4 new legal organizations to the list.
We updated all of the Illinois State and Local Programs (more than 60 of them), adding descriptions of services provided and additional programs - we also translated them all into Spanish.
We translated the Housing Laws sections in Arkansas and Arizona into Spanish.
We added the crime of custodial interference to our Oregon Crimes page.
Need to find something on the WomensLaw.org website? Check out our completely new Search function! The "Search" button is accessible from any page, in the top right-hand corner of the website.
We updated and completely revised the Restraining Orders page for the U.S. Virgin Islands and added several new crimes to our U.S. Virgin Islands Statutes page and Crimes page.
We updated all of the current Finding a Lawyer resources in Missouri and added two new resources.
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