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 1.2 million unique visitors each year. WomensLaw joined NNEDV in 2010 after many years of partnering on issues related to technology safety and confidentiality.
WomensLaw has two components: WomensLaw.org and the Email Hotline.
- WomensLaw.org: 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 Hotline: The WomensLaw Email Hotline is a safe, confidential, accessible service through which victims, friends, family and advocates can request personalized information and anonymous support around issues related to the law and domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and dating violence. Hotline advocates respond to each email, in English or Spanish, tailoring responses to answer each person’s specific needs. The Email 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.