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November 15, 2023 Domestic Violence

Improving Legal Responses to Intimate Partner Violence in the LGBTQ+ Community

Recorded Brown Bag

Presented By: Amily McCool, Collins Saint, and Nisha Williams

LGBTQ+ survivors of intimate partner violence(" IPV" ) face unique challenges in accessing legal protections from their abusers. In this session, faculty will analyze the dynamics of intimate partner violence, particularly how such dynamics manifest differently in LGBTQ+ relationships; barriers that LGBTQ+ survivors face when seeking protections from law enforcement and the courts; and promising practices for providing legal services to LGBTQ+ survivors in obtaining and enforcing domestic violence protective order. Topics will include navigating additional barriers LGBTQ+ youth face in dating violence, including recent anti-LGBTQ+ laws, and unique legal protections for youth, such as Title IX and mandatory reporting laws; addressing assumptions practitioners, law enforcement and courts have regarding LGBTQ+ survivors; reconsidering how the gender binary shows up in the legal system; and recognizing more community-specific forms of IPV in the LGBTQ+ community, including" outing," technology-facilitated abuse, and litigation or paper abuse.