State and Local Laws Safeguarding Domestic Violence Survivors

The National Housing Law Project (NHLP) released the 2016 edition of Housing Rights of Domestic Violence Survivors: A State and Local Law Compendium. The compilation describes state and local laws that provide safeguards for domestic violence survivors who seek to obtain or maintain housing. The updated compendium includes laws enacted as of October, 2016.

A variety of provisions are reflected in state and local laws, such as eviction defense, early lease termination, lock changes, lease bifurcations, and the right to call police. Other types of provisions include permitting courts to exclude the abuser from the housing, requiring the abuser to pay for or provide housing for the survivor, and imposing liability on the abuser for damages to the unit.

The compendium is at: