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Disappointing Supreme Court Decision for Battered Women
On June 27, 2005, the United States Supreme Court announced its decision in Town of Castle Rock, Colorado v. Gonzales. In this 7-2 decision, the Court held that there is no 14th Amendment property interest in "police enforcement of restraining orders," and, accordingly, there is no Due Process violation when a police officer does not enforce a restraining order.

Each year, intimate partner homicide happen in increasing numbers in our community. Mothers, fathers and children lose daughters, sons, mothers and fathers in unimaginable tragedy. The Macomb County Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team (MCDVFRT) concluded that more can be done to prevent domestic violence homicides. Read this report for more information.

This brochure explains Michigan law, which permits a tenant in fear of domestic violence, stalking or sexual assault to terminate a lease early. The brochure is appropriate for domestic violence advocates, attorneys and survivors of domestic violence.

Addressing Domestic Violence Fatalities in Macomb County

Reauthroizing the Violence Against Women Act Prompted
VAWA 2000 will expire in September of 2005. If Congress does not reauthorize the Act, then the 10 years of improvements incombating violence against women will be halted.

A Fact Sheet about the impact of the Violence Against Women Act 2005 (VAWA) on the housing rights and options of survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

The federal Violence Against Women Act of 2005 includes important new housing legal protections and programs for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. This resource answers some questions about VAWAs impact on housing law.