WomensLaw is NNEDV’s newest project, joining NNEDV in 2010 after many years of partnering on issues related to technology safety and confidentiality. WomensLaw was founded in February 2000 by a group of lawyers, teachers, advocates and web designers interested in using the power of the Internet to educate survivors of domestic violence about their legal rights and ways to get help. The mission of WomensLaw is to provide easy-to-understand legal information and resources to women living with or escaping domestic violence or sexual assault. By reaching out through the Internet, WomensLaw.org empowers women and girls to lead independent lives, free from abuse. Today, the WomensLaw.org website gets more than 1 million unique visitors each year.
WomensLaw has two components: the WomensLaw.org website and the Email Hotline.
- WomensLaw.org Website: The website provides over 7,500 pages of legal information written specifically for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, especially for those who are going to be representing themselves pro se in court. The information, revised in accordance with annual legislative changes, is state-specific and written in plain language so that people can comprehend it without the help of a lawyer. We also have federal legal information regarding immigration remedies for victims, DV in the military and information on federal gun laws. The website also provides thousands of pages of non-legal information about different forms of domestic abuse, tips for working with lawyers and preparing for court, listings for telephone hotlines, legal and non-legal resources for every state programs, courthouse contact information, and much more. More than half of the website has been translated into Spanish and new information is added and updated daily.
- Email Legal Hotline: The Email Hotline is a safe, accessible service through which victims, friends, family and advocates can request personalized and anonymous support. Hotline advocates respond to each email, in English or Spanish, tailoring responses to answer each person’s specific needs. The Hotline also supports advocates at local programs by answering their questions with timely, reliable and relevant legal information, helping them support the victims with whom they are working.
For more information or to access these resources, please visit WomensLaw.org.
Recent Project News:
Check out our highlights on changes and additions to WomensLaw.org between January and March 2013!
- WomensLaw added a question to the NY Divorce page in English and Spanish about getting spousal support before, during and after a divorce.
- Based on changes to Arizona's laws that took effect January 1, 2013, WomensLaw completely revised the information on the Arizona Custody page in both Spanish and English.
- Also on the Arizona Custody page, WomensLaw added new questions, including, "Can a parent who abuses drugs or alcohol get legal decision-making?" and "Can a parent who is a registered sex offender or who murdered the other parent get legal decision-making or parenting time?" as well as information on relocating out of state and non-relatives' ability to apply for visitation.
- WomensLaw translated the newly-revised NY Custody page into Spanish.
- Changes to KS law in 2012 allow for a protection from abuse order or a protection from stalking order to be extended for anywhere from 2 years to the lifetime of the abuser if certain conditions are met. Read about it on our updated KS question entitled How do I change or extend my order?
- We revised the information we have on custody in CO, which is known as allocation of parental responsibilites. You can read it here.
- Based on 2012 changes to MS law, we changed the information on our MS page under What can I do if the abuesr violates the order?
- Check out our recently revised Financial Abuse page in English and now in Spanish.