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  • This guide tracks legislation or government initiatives requiring or encouraging public and/or private employers to adopt domestic and sexual violence policies.
  • A medical forensic sexual assault examination cannot determine whether or not a sexual assault was perpetrated. However, it can provide objective documentation of examination findings that, when considered in the context of all the evidence, will assist the judge and jury in reconstructing the events in question and determining whether or not there was a sexual assault. The limitation on how much a medical forensic sexual assault examination can tell the court is not only due to the fact that “rape” and “sexual assault” are legal conclusions, not medical diagnoses. 
  • The ordinances get the abuse backward. “It’s like saying if somebody gets burglarized they’re going to be kicked out of their house,” said Penny Venetis, executive vice president and legal director at the advocacy organization Legal Momentum. “If you’re the victim of a crime, how could you possibly be evicted from your house?”It can have devastating consequences. “Women should not have to choose between being homeless and staying alive or keeping their children alive,” Venetis said. But “really that’s the choice you’re forcing them to make.”
  • A letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch formally requesting that the Department of Justice issue a Guidance on Gender-Biased Policing. The letter was signed onto by eighty-eight national organizations and 98 state and local organizations.
  • This interview with National Judicial Education Program Project Attorney Claudia Bayliff discusses the language that is used to describe sexual violence, the importance of language choices, and how language shapes perceptions. Ms. Bayliff frequently presents on this topic to multidisciplinary audiences around the country. The program is also available as an online curriculum, Raped or “Seduced?” How Language Helps Shape Our Perceptions of Sexual Violence.
  • Legal Momentum's President and CEO, Carol Robles-Román, and Elisa Massimino, President and CEO of Human Rights First, wrote this Miami Herald Op-Ed piece calling on the Obama administration to end the detention of immigrant families.
  • This webinar reviews the importance of having a policy that addresses situations where the employee is either a victim or perpetrator of domestic or sexual violence, and the principals that inform an effective policy.
  • A woman needs time off from work because she is relocating to a domestic violence shelter to escape her husband’s violence.An unknown person shows up at the office and demands to see his girlfriend, who is an employee there; he threatens that he won’t leave until she agrees to see him.An employee repeatedly uses office phone lines and email to harass and threaten his ex-girlfriend.If you’re an employer, chances are that you have encountered one of the three scenarios listed above. If you haven’t, it’s just a matter of time before you do.
  • Legal Momentum applauds the Obama Administration's announcement yesterday of a number of initiatives that will strengthen families and bring more safety and productivity to workplaces.
  • Legal Momentum had planned this month as a celebratory one to toast the 20th Anniversary of the passage of the Violence Against Women Act and LM’s role.
  • Penny M. Venetis, a Rutgers University law professor, and Carol Robles Román, Legal Momentum's president and CEO, authored an op-ed in The Record calling on Governor Christie to take strong action to combat domestic violence in the state and suggesting the steps he should take.
  • Legal Momentum's President and CEO, Carol Robles Román, is speaking out in the media in the wake of the high-profile Ray Rice domestic violence case, calling for accountability for judges and prosecutors in prosecuting perpetrators, stronger laws to  protect victims and innovative services like Family Justice Centers.


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