National Network to End Domestic Violence Official Website

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Check out our changes and additions in July 2013:

  • We are thrilled to announce that we have created new Crimes pages for 2/3 of the states (AL through NE).  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 are working on completing the final 1/3 of the states (NV through WY) by the Fall.
  • Read about how the US Supreme Court's strike-down of DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) could help same-sex victims qualify for VAWA relief! See our new question, Does a same-sex marriage count as being "married" to the abuser for immigration purposes?
  • 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.

Check out our changes and additions from June 2013:

  • 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!
  • Attention Maine residents, we re-wrote the question How can a protection from abuse order help me? and added information about what a judge can order in a temporary, ex parte order.
  • 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.