We translated into English our recently revised Protection Orders section for Puerto Rico, in which we made multiple changes based on revisions to the state laws. Previously, this page was only in Spanish.
We added the crimes of stalking in the first degree and stalking in the second degree to our KentuckyCrimes page.
We added 4 new statutes to our LouisianaStatutes page related to Louisiana's new sexual assault protective orders. Next, we will create a new page in our Know the Laws section to explain the laws in "plain language."
A new law became effective in October 2015 in North Carolina, which created a civil no contact order for victims of sex offenses where the offender was convicted of the offense in criminal court and ordered to register as a sex offender. WomensLaw.org added the 11 relevant statutes to our NC Statutes page along with a note to our website visitors to explain that a new page will soon be created.
We updated all of the non-legal organizations (more than 100 of them!) that are listed on our New YorkState and Local Programs page, adding descriptions of the services offered for every listing and adding many new listings.
We updated the contact information for legal resources listed on our South DakotaFinding a Lawyer page and added 6 new legal services organizations to the page. We also updated the links to outside information on our South DakotaCustody page.
Continuing towards our goal of translating the whole state of Washington, we translated the WashingtonCustody page into Spanish!
We created a new section to our Maine Know the Laws section - check out our MaineHousing Laws page! We also added the relevant statutes to our Maine Statutes page.
We translated into Spanish the contact information for 114 North CarolinaState and Local Programs, which we recently updated in English.
We verified and updated the contact information for each courthouse on our Courthouse Locations page in Washington in English and Spanish.
We added a new resource in English and Spanish to our National Organizations Rape/Sexual Assault page called the It Happened to Alexa Foundation, which offers financial support to rape victims' families to travel to a criminal trial against the rapist.
We updated our Oregon Restraining Orders section to include the commonly-used acronyms for each restraining order and to make it clearer that the sexual abuse protective orders protect victims of all forms of sexual assault.
We updated all of the legal organizations (more than 100!) that are listed on our New YorkFinding a Lawyer page, adding descriptions of the services offered for every listing and adding many new listings.
We translated into Spanish the recently-updated legal resources on our WashingtonFinding a Lawyer page (57 of them!)
We have begun to translate all of the information for an additional state, Washington! So far, we translated all of the sections in our Restraining Orders page, which includes Domestic Violence Orders for Protection page, the Sexual Assault Protection Orders page, the Civil Anti-Harassment Orders page, and the Stalking Protection Orders page.
We updated all of the legal and non-legal resources in Spanish and English on our ArkansasWhere to Find Help page. In addition, we added 5 new organizations that provide services to domestic violence victims and survivors on our AR State and Local Programs page and 2 new legal resources on our AR Finding a Lawyer page.
We updated our CaliforniaHousing Laws section in English and Spanish to reflect a recent change in the law that requires a victim who is terminating his/her lease to pay rent only for the next 14 days instead of 30 days.
We updated a few questions on our ArizonaState Gun Laws page based on legislative changes to include two more legal reasons why a person might be prohibited from having a gun in his/her possession. We also changed information on our ArizonaCustody page to reflect changes in the law regarding relocation of a child. All changes were made in English and Spanish.
We updated our ArkansasDomestic Violence Orders of Protection section in Spanish and English based on amendments to Arkansas law; changes include adding in-laws as a possible family or household member against whom an order of protection can be sought. We added the new crime in Arkansas called Unlawful distribution of sexual images or recordings to our Crimes page and our AR Statutes pages.
After being contacted by NIWAP to add them as a resource to WomensLaw.org, we added the National Immigrant Women's Advocacy Project (NIWAP), both in English and Spanish, to our Helping Others page, under the Lawyers section.
We updated all of the legal and non-legal resources and courthouse information on our OklahomaWhere to Find Help page.
Based on statutory changes to Alabama law that took effect in June 2015, we updated almost all of the Know the Laws sections in Alabama, adding new questions and revising others. We also added two new statutes to the Alabama Statutes page.
Inspired by an Email Hotline inquiry, we just added a new section to our Oregon pages about the Housing Laws that protect victims of stalking, sexual assault and domestic violence.
We updated the contact information and added descriptions for the 39 organizations that provide services to domestic violence victims and survivors on our Arkansas State and Local Programs page.
We added a newDanger Assessment page in our Learn About Abuse section, where users can learn more about some of the factors that indicate a victim is at greater risk of being seriously injured or killed by an abuser.
At the suggestion of people who wrote to us, we added a new resource to our National Organizations page, in Spanish and English, for Take Back the Night Foundation and the Support, Advocacy & Resource Center to our WashingtonLocal Programs page. We also updated and translated into Spanish all of the resources on Finding a Lawyer page in California (78 of them!) in English and Spanish.
We updated and completely revised the Restraining Orders page for the U.S. Virgin Islands and added several new crimes to our U.S. Virgin Islands Statutes page and Crimes page.
We added some information to our MarylandDomestic Violence Protective Orders page about the right of a victim to get law enforcement to accompany him/her to the home to retrieve belongings and medication even without a protective order.
In our LouisianaSuing Your Abuser section, we added links to 13 different city or county small claims courts since filing fees vary in each city. We also added two new crimes to our LouisianaCrimes page.
Based on a new law that became effective in Pennsylvania in September 2014, we added information to our Suing Your Abuser page about a victim's right to sue someone who disseminates intimate images of him/her (in Spanish and English).
We added a new section to our Pennsylvania Custody section called The effect of military deployment on custody/visitation, in Spanish and English.
As we make our way through translating our Georgia Know the Laws pages into Spanish, we just completed the translation (and reorganization) of our GeorgiaCustody page.
We revised and expanded our Injunction Against Workplace Violence section in Arkansas, in Spanish and English.
We completed another step on our way to translating all of the legal information for Georgia. We just completed the Spanish translation of the Stalking Protection Orders page (here) and the Bond for Good Behavior page (here). More to come soon!
We are thrilled to begin translating into Spanish the information in the Know the Laws section for a new state, Georgia. We just completed the Spanish translation of the Family Violence Protection Orders page - you can check it out here. More to come soon!
In response to an email inquiry we received on the Email Hotline regarding the right to terminate a lease, we added a new section to the website that explains the rights of a victim in Virginia to terminate his/her lease. See the Virginia Housing Laws section for more information.
We added a brief Workplace Protections page for Minnesota and improved the overall content in all of the Minnesota Know the Laws sections.
We added new Housing Laws section for Arkansas, Arizona, Texas, Colorado and New Jersey to include brief information about housing/tenancy-related laws that help victims of domestic abuse in each state.
We updated and enhanced the links to outside sources for every state in which we do not have a full divorce section (more than 40 states)! This is an improvement we have been hoping to make for a while and are excited it is completed.
We added a new Divorce section for the U.S. Virgin Islands.
New Yorkers who have an order of protection will want to read the new question we added to our NY Orders of Protection page regarding the fact that a victim cannot violate his/her own order of protection. We also overhauled the entire page to make it more concise and easier to read.
We added new links to outside sources on our Louisiana Custody page.
We clarified some information in our Maine Protection from Abuse Orders section to add information regarding the right of a victim of sexual assault or stalking to apply for a protection from abuse order, regardless of who the perpetrator is. We also took a fresh look at the whole section, making substantial edits. Check it out!
We added a lot of new information to the question on our MaineState Gun Laws page.
We added new links to outside sources on our WyomingDivorce page.
We added a new section to our Massachusetts Know the Laws section called Housing Laws. The section briefly covers the law that was passed in 2013, which allows victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking in MA to terminate their lease/rental agreement and/or to get their locks changed. We hope to expand the section this Fall.