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  • Failure to Protect
  • Volume 12 | Fall 2008

What’s New: Resources from the Field

The following are new or innovative resources we’ve heard about that we hope will be useful to practitioners. If you know of resources that you would like to be included in future eNewsletters, please send them to Rebecca Henry at Rebecca.Henry@americanbar.org.

Two New Statutory Summaries Available Online

The Commission on Domestic Violence is pleased to announce the addition of two new statutory summaries on its website.

The first resource is a supplement to our chart summarizing domestic violence civil protection orders (CPOs), and provides an overview of the availability of CPOs to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered survivors. The second summarizes standards of proof for obtaining civil protection orders in state jurisdictions.

Both are available for free download at our website.

[ http://www.abanet.org/domviol/statutorysummarycharts.html]

ABA Young Lawyers Division Creates Domestic Violence Awareness Website

Each year, the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) of the American Bar Association (ABA) implements a public service project for its young lawyer affiliates and members to implement across the country. This year’s project, Voices Against Violence, is designed to raise awareness of the issue of domestic violence, particularly teen dating violence, and to educate young lawyers about how they can help.

Voices Against Violence is a call to action for young lawyers around the country to join forces to end domestic violence. The program is designed to educate young lawyers about the epidemic of domestic violence, particularly among the teen population. It is our goal to engage young lawyers in efforts to respond to and prevent domestic violence in their communities by taking part in legislative advocacy, handling pro bono cases involving domestic violence, providing support to existing domestic violence shelters and programs, delivering presentations to the public about domestic violence or holding local roundtable discussions for domestic violence advocates.

For more information, click here.

Stalker Spyware Seller Shut Down by FTC & DV Privacy Advocates

Following a complaint by the consumer privacy group EPIC [http://epic.org/privacy/dv/], the Federal Trade Commission won an order shutting down the sale and operation of the RemoteSpy software by Cyberspy Software, LLC. The company sold spyware for around $90 with the claim that it was “100% undetectable” and could be used to “Spy on Anyone. From Anywhere.” Abusers use spyware of this sort to place their victims under surveillance, perpetrating identity theft and stalking.

The FTC complaint alleged that Cyberspy engaged in unfair trade practices prohibited by the FTC Act by selling the software; running servers which collected the information of those spied upon; and teaching its customers how to surreptitiously deploy the software. Further the FTC alleged that Cyberspy was complicit in deception by providing the means and instrumentalities of deception. Many state consumer protection laws follow the FTC Act, and state attorneys general can use this result as a model.

For more information, click here.