Domestic violence

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  • Deputy Legal Director and National Judicial Education Program Senior Attorney Jennifer Becker was on the WashingTECH Tech Policy Podcast with Joe Miller discussing Legal Momentum, tech and domestic violence on July 30, 2018. Jennifer discusses how abusers perpetrate domestic violence via technology, what victims can do to get help, and the need for legislators around the country to address these issues. 
  • Recent immigration policies, including the separation and detention of families entering at the U.S.-Mexico border and the Attorney General’s decision to deny asylum to victims of domestic violence, reinforce existing inequalities that disproportionately impact immigrant women.
  • When a victim uninstalls the devices, this can escalate a conflict, experts said. “The abuser can see it’s disabled, and that may trigger enhanced violence,” said Jennifer Becker, a lawyer at Legal Momentum, a women’s rights legal advocacy group. 
  • In what, to some, might at first glance seem like an unremarkable decision, on Monday, the Supreme Court demonstrated a deep understanding of how domestic violence is perpetrated. On its face, the Court’s decision in Voisine v. United States was a sterile, hyper-technical legal analysis primarily hinging on the meaning of the word “use,” where the Court refrained from discussing domestic violence at any length.
  • Today is the second annual National Gun Violence Awareness Day. Across the nation, people are wearing orange to honor the millions of lives affected by gun violence and spur action to prevent gun violence nationwide. The Wear Orange campaign is spearheaded by Everytown for Gun Safety. It was inspired by a small group of teens at a South Side Chicago high school who wore orange—the color that hunters wear in the woods to protect themselves and others—to honor the life of a classmate killed by gun violence in 2013.
  • Legal Momentum's Executive Vice President and Legal Director, Penny Venetis, and anthropology professor and Middle East expert Jessica Winegar discuss the similarities and differences in violence against women in the U.S. and overseas with host Heather Stark on the Blog Talk Radio "3 Women, 3 Ways" show that aired Saturday, April 23, 2016.
  • In conjunction with Teen Dating Violence Month 2016, happening this February, Legal Momentum is pleased to announce the release of a new set of educational materials for judges, courts, court-related professionals, schools, parents, teens, and the community to learn about the dangers and consequences of Teen Dating Violence. The information and resources sheets were developed by the National Judicial Education Program (NJEP), Legal Momentum’s award-winning judicial education project, with funding from the Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women.*
  • This guide addresses several of the perceived and real barriers for young people seeking Orders of Protection and judges seeking to craft them effectively in teen dating violence cases.
  • This resource addresses several misconceptions about teen dating violence in same-sex relationships, including that abuse is not as prevelant as in heterosexual teen dating relationships, as well as the myth of mutual abuse.
  • A limited glossary for court-professionals that reviews the various ways a young person may identify themselves, their sexual orientation, and/or their gender identify.
  • A compilation of useful resources about teen dating violence for judges, courts, schools, parents, teens, and the community. Listed are various books, articles, websites, and organizations that offer additional insight on the issues discussed in the Information Sheets.
  • A Table of Contents for our collection of eleven Teen Dating Violence Information and Resources Sheets.

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