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Why This Project?

Myths and biases against members of the LGBTQI+ community can lead to systemic discrimination. Law enforcement may not have resources for an LGBTQI+ victim who calls for assistance or prosecutors may be challenged in how to prove a criminal case against an LGBTQI+ perpetrator in a same-sex relationship before a jury. Family Courts may not have established protocols for all victims looking to file for a civil protective order. Legal service providers may need to develop intake infrastructures that are accessible for LGBTQI+ victims. These factors-- among many others-- prevent LGBTQI+ victims from seeking and obtaining protection under the law.

Prosecutor Guide to Best Practices in Cases with LGBTQ+ Victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Violence, and Stalking

This Guide provides introductory information and best practices for prosecutors working on cases involving LGBTQ+ victims of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

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LGBTQI+ Dating Violence: Emerging Legal & Practice Issues for Young Survivors

This program provided an overview for attorneys and legal advocates working with LGBTQI+ teen survivors of dating violence.

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Apply to Join LGBTQ Listserv

The Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence hosts this monitored, litigators-only listserv to provide a forum for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and/or Transgender, and/or Queer (LGBTQ) victims’ attorneys to discuss issues that arise in the process of litigation, and to provide peer-to-peer assistance and mentorship.

Sign Up - HERE

Request Technical Assistance

Contact the Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence for technical assistance regarding the LGBTQI Legal Access Project's resources

Request - HERE