What’s New on WomensLaw.org
We updated all of the current Finding a Lawyer resources in Missouri and added two new resources.
Check out our overhauled Choosing and Working with a Lawyer page! We re-wrote most of the sections, adding new information, and improving the overall content and translated the new page into Spanish.
We updated the sheriff department listings (in English and Spanish) on our Where to Find Help page in the following states: MA, NJ, NM, WA, FL, NY, OK, PA, TX, NC, IL, GA, CO, AR. More states to come!
We added some information to our Maryland Domestic Violence Protective Orders page about the right of a victim to get law enforcement to accompany him/her to the home to retrieve belongings and medication even without a protective order.
We added the crime of "Revenge porn prohibited" to our Maryland Crimes page and Maryland Statutes page, based on the addition of this law by the Maryland Legislature at the end of 2014.
We updated all of the legal resources on our New Mexico Finding a Lawyer page and added 12 new resources. All updates and additions were made in English and Spanish.
In our Louisiana Suing Your Abuser section, we added links to 13 different city or county small claims courts since filing fees vary in each city. We also added two new crimes to our Louisiana Crimes page.
We added 6 new crimes to our Utah Crimes page.
We added brief information to our California Suing Your Abuser page in Spanish and English about the tort of stalking and linked to the language of the law on our CA Statutes page.
Continuing with our translation of all of our Georgia content, we translated the Georgia Crimes page into back to top
We edited the Oklahoma State Gun Laws section, refining the information we had and adding new information to two questions, in both English and Spanish.
We added a new section to our Pennsylvania Custody section called The effect of military deployment on custody/visitation, in Spanish and English.
As we make our way through translating our Georgia Know the Laws pages into Spanish, we just completed the translation (and reorganization) of our Georgia Custody page.
We revised and expanded our Injunction Against Workplace Violence section in Arkansas, in Spanish and English.
Based on a new law that became effective in Pennsylvania in September 2014, we added information to our Suing Your Abuser page about a victim's right to sue someone who disseminates intimate images of him/her (in Spanish and English).
We completed another step on our way to translating all of the legal information for Georgia. We just completed the Spanish translation of the Stalking Protection Orders page (here) and the Bond for Good Behavior page (here). More to come soon!
We are thrilled to begin translating into Spanish the information in the Know the Laws section for a new state, Georgia. We just completed the Spanish translation of the Family Violence Protection Orders page - you can check it out here. More to come soon!
We translated into Spanish the recently-added section to our New Mexico page, which, in English, is called Civil Restraining Orders (for harassment or other harm).
We improved a few questions, such as this one, on our Ohio State Gun Law pages and added the definition of the crimes of assault and negligent assault to our Ohio Crimes page.
We added 10 new resources in English and Spanish on our NC Finding a Lawyer page by including contact information for each Legal Aid of North Carolina office.
In response to an email inquiry we received on the Email Hotline, we added a new question and a new statute about grandparent visitation rights in Illinois.
In response to an email inquiry we received on the Email Hotline regarding the right to terminate a lease, we added a new section to the website that explains the rights of a victim in Virginia to terminate his/her lease. See the Virginia Housing Laws section for more information.
Check out our new Missouri State Gun Laws page. We now have State Gun Laws pages for every state and territory except for Hawaii.
We added a brief Workplace Protections page for Minnesota and improved the overall content in all of the Minnesota Know the Laws sections.
We added new Housing Laws section for Arkansas, Arizona, Texas, Colorado and New Jersey to include brief information about housing/tenancy-related laws that help victims of domestic abuse in each state.
We updated and enhanced the links to outside sources for every state in which we do not have a full divorce section (more than 40 states)! This is an improvement we have been hoping to make for a while and are excited it is completed.
We added a new Divorce section for the U.S. Virgin Islands.
New Yorkers who have an order of protection will want to read the new question we added to our NY Orders of Protection page regarding the fact that a victim cannot violate his/her own order of protection. We also overhauled the entire page to make it more concise and easier to read.
We added new links to outside sources on our Louisiana Custody page.
We clarified some information in our Maine Protection from Abuse Orders section to add information regarding the right of a victim of sexual assault or stalking to apply for a protection from abuse order, regardless of who the perpetrator is. We also took a fresh look at the whole section, making substantial edits. Check it out!
We added a lot of new information to the question on our Maine State Gun Laws page.
We added new links to outside sources on our Wyoming Divorce page.
Based on a law passed in April 2014, we added information to our Iowa Protective Orders page regarding protection for pets in protective orders. See How can a protective order help me? to read more about it.
We revised all of the information on our Kentucky State Gun Laws page and we updated and enhanced the links to outside sources on our Kentucky Divorce page.
We added a new section to our Massachusetts Know the Laws section called Housing Laws. The section briefly covers the law that was passed in 2013, which allows victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking in MA to terminate their lease/rental agreement and/or to get their locks changed. We hope to expand the section this Fall.
We updated the information and improved the links to outside sources for our West Virginia Custody page, our South Dakota Custody page, and our Idaho Custody page.
We revised the information and links to outside sources on our Nebraska Divorce page, Kansas Divorce page and Massachusetts Divorce page.
We updated the links to information from outside sources on our divorce page for Utah.
WomensLaw added brief info about Oregon's new Sexual Assault Protective Orders, which became effective on 1/1/14. We also added the newly-created statutes to our OR Statutes page. Please check back in the Summer of 2014 when we hope to have a whole new section on the website devoted to SAPOs.
Based on a change to Connecticut law that clearly lays out the circumstances under which someone can ask for an emergency ex parte custody order, we added a question to our CT Custody page called Can I get an emergency ex parte custody order?
We re-wrote the question "Where can I find more information about custody in Indiana?" on our IN Custody page and we updated/improved the links to outside sources on our IN Divorce page.
We updated the links to information from outside sources on our divorce pages for WI, NV, and WV as well as updating all of the contact information for legal services offices on our WV Finding a Lawyer page.
As of January 1, 2014, California law added victims of human trafficking to the group of protected people who can terminate their lease without penalty, recognized a new form of acceptable documentation of the abuser, and added a new obligation of the landlord to keep the victim's status confidential. We updated our CA Housing Laws section in English and Spanish to reflect these changes and we added a new question called If I reveal that I am a victim to my landlord, can s/he tell other people?
We added information to our Arkansas Domestic Violence Orders of Protection page and our AR Suing Your Abuser page about a law that was passed in August 2013, which allows a victim of stalking to sue the stalker for money damages, reasonable attorney's fees, and court costs regardless of whether or not s/he was arrested for stalking.
Thanks to those organizations who contacted us this month with corrections/additions. We now added a new resource to our Washington, DC Legal Resources page called the Amara Legal Center, which helps those whose rights have been violated through the commercial sex industry. We also corrected contact information for various other local programs in AL, TN, and AZ. Please keep letting us know about any updated information!
We are often asked on the Email Hotline about laws that relate to a person posting sexual images online of another person without his/her consent. On 12/5/13, there was an Appellate Division decision in NY state that confirmed a defendant's conviction for secretly videotaping sexual acts with another person and threatening to post them online - you can read the decision here. At WomensLaw.org, we added new criminal laws to our NY Statutes page regarding unlawful surveillance and dissemination of the images. You can read those criminal laws on our NY Statutes page here (unlawful surveillance) and here (dissemination).
Thanks to an email from a non-profit called Sex Workers Anonymous, we learned that many of the organizations listed on our National Organizations/Trafficking/Prostitution/Sexual Exploitation page had changed their contact info or had closed. Therefore, we updated every resource on that page. Check out what resources are available nationally for victims of the sex trade.
New laws were passed in Arkansas in 2013, which are featured on WomensLaw.org. Check out the new question entitled If my child was conceived from rape, can the rapist get custody or visitation? Also, the law now makes clear that a victim of stalking can sue the stalker in civil court for damages regardless of whether or not there is a criminal conviction against the stalker. You can read the law on our AR Statutes page. Arkansas law also expanded the definition of stalking - read the law here.
We translated some recent improvements on our General Parental Kidnapping page into Spanish.
We re-translated the Colorado custody section into Spanish after making substantial additions and changes to this section a little while ago in English.
We added new information about housing protections in Connecticut for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. See our CT Housing Laws section for more information.
We are thrilled to announce that we have created new Crimes pages for all states and territories. You can now go to your state's Crimes page to read the definitions of a selection of crimes in your state that the abuser may have committed and you can find links to victim compensation programs in each state.
We updated and improved our Oregon State Gun Laws page, adding more information about when a concealed handgun permit can be revoked after receiving an inquiry about this on our Email Hotline. Keep the inquiries coming!
We revised the first part of our Military section, updating links and information in English and Spanish - see here: General Military Information. The update was inspired by someone who wrote to our Email Hotline asking about the rights of a homosexual Service member, which made us realize that we hadn't yet updated our information about the rights of same-sex victims in the military after the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." Check back next month to see the updates to the second Military section, Military Protective Orders.
We finally finished translating into Spanish the FL Injunctions for Protection Against Stalking/Cyberstalking page that we created in April 2013!
We are expanding the Crimes pages in every state to allow you to click on the legal definition of various crimes in each state. So far, we have amended Alabama through Indiana, and we added a brand new Spanish Crimes page in Arkansas. Check back soon for more updates!
Check out our revised Safety with Social Media page in English and Spanish. We added more safety tips for using MySpace and Twitter and revised the safety information we have about using Facebook.
Please check out our newly re-written Asylum section, in Spanish and English.
We updated our T-Visa section in English and Spanish, correcting links and information.
We updated our U Visa and VAWA sections in English and Spanish.
We edited, updated and "spruced up" our Safety Tips for Stalking Victims page in English and Spanish. If you are being stalked, you can find tips for ways to stay safe at home, at school, at work, etc.
We finally completed translating the Illinois Restraining Orders page that we re-wrote in English back in August 2012 into Spanish! Check it out here: Órdenes de Protección.
We added a question to our NY Divorce page in English and Spanish about getting spousal support before, during, and after a divorce.
Check out our newly edited Financial Abuse page, where we added new pieces of information throughout - both in English and Spanish.
We translated our newly-revised NY Custody page into Spanish. Check it out here: Custodia.
NEWS UPDATE for New York residents: In October 2012, NY state created the Order of Protection Notification System, which allows you to be notified by e-mail, text, iPhone/iPad app, telephone, fax or web query, when law enforcement serves your family court order of protection upon the abuser. For more information or to register, visit NY-Alert or the Sheriff's Institute. In November 2012, NY created an Address Confidentiality Program ("ACP"), which helps a victim who registers with the program to keep his/her address confidential when filing court petitions. All mail is sent to the ACP and the ACP will send it to your actual (confidential) address. To register, click here.
Changes to KS law in 2012 allow for a protection from abuse order or a protection from stalking order to be extended for anywhere from 2 years to the lifetime of the abuser if certain conditions are met. Read about it on our updated KS question entitled How do I change or extend my order?
We revised the information we have on custody in CO, which is known as allocation of parental responsibilities. You can read it here.
Check out our recently revised Financial Abuse page in English and now in Spanish.
Based on 2012 changes to states' laws, we added a question about what happens to a parent's custody or visitation rights when s/he is deployed by the military in Indiana.
Check out our newly revised Custody section in NY!
We improved our NJ question about the definition of domestic violence for the purpose of getting a restraining order. You can read it here.
Check out the new legal resources we added for survivors who need to appeal an order involving custody, protection orders, etc. on the Appeals section of our National Organizations page.
We added new information about the protections that are provided in Virginia in an emergency protective order and a preliminary protective order.
In Nevada, we added the Spanish translation of our recently revised Orders for Protection Against Domestic Violence page. Check it out here.
We revised all of the information on our Hawaii Restraining Orders pages, including our Orders for Protection due to Domestic Abuse (Family Court) section and our Injunctions Against Harassment (District Court) section.
We added a new section to our Illinois Orders of Protection page called The protections offered in each kind of order, which discusses the benefits of each type of order of protection, information on getting an order against a school-mate, and much more.
Our Refugee Status information is now in Spanish.
Check out our updated information about Alaska's victim compensation for victims of certain violent crimes. To read more, go to Victim Compensation.
We revamped our Alaska pages on stalking protective orders and sexual assault protective orders, combining them into one section to more closely reflect the statutes (laws). The new section is called Stalking and Sexual Assault Protection Orders.
The new information about CA's housing law that protects victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking that we added to WomensLaw.org in March 2012 is now in Spanish!
We completely overhauled the information on our Maryland Custody section. Over the next month, we will continue to revise the rest of the state so keep checking back!
Our NC Child Support information is now in Spanish!
Read about a CA law that allows victims of stalking, sexual assault or domestic violence to terminate their rental lease early without penalty on our new CA Housing Laws section.
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