from the chair
I am excited to bring you this issue of our eNewsletter, featuring articles from experts in providing legal representation to victims of domestic violence who are gay, lesbian, bisexual and/or transgender (“LGBT”). The limited statistics available indicate that domestic violence in these communities occurs as frequently as it does in other communities; however, there are very few dedicated programs for this population, and LGBT survivors often are unaware of their legal rights and face unique challenges in attempting to access the justice system. We hope that this eNewsletter will encourage you to consider how the legal services that your office provides may be more accessible to LGBT survivors, if you haven’t already done so.
Last year, the ABA Commission on Domestic Violence, Section on Individual Rights and Responsibilities, and Criminal Justice Section launched a national project to increase leadership and training for attorneys regarding representation of LGBT victims of domestic violence. Over the last year, the Project has been led by Amanda Kloer, Project Coordinator, who has developed a clearinghouse of materials and information on legal assistance for LGBT victims. These materials are available at http://www.abanet.org/irr/enterprise/lgbt/. In addition, the Project has begun development of materials which we hope will be helpful to practitioners, including up-to-date information on protections available to LGBT survivors in civil protection order statutes, and a collection of law review articles analyzing increased access to remedies for survivors. Read More...
INSIDE THIS EDITION
Civil Legal Remedies for Domestic Violence in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Communities
Transitioning Your Services: Serving Transgender Victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking
Here are ways to start implementing our experts’ insights today . . . Read More...
LGBT Domestic Violence Resources
ABA Enterprise Project:
Legal Assistance and Education for LGBT Victims of Domestic Violence
Chart: Domestic Violence Civil Protection Orders By State
(updated 8/2008 with expanded information re: availability of CPOs to LGBT litigants)
Chart Cover Sheet
(including discussion of remedies for LGBT litigants)
Bibliography: Domestic Violence in the LGBT Community: Legal Resources by Topic
Case Summaries: Availability of Civil Orders of Protection to LGBT Victims of Domestic Violence
LGBT Power & Control Wheel