Category Archives: Domestic violence

New Safe Haven Named “Carol’s Place” in Honor of WLP Executive Director Carol Tracy

By Tara Murtha, WLP Staff Family violence cuts across race and class, and can happen to anybody. But Philadelphia’s poverty rate, lack of affordable housing and the economic downturn has created a situation that has made it extremely difficult for … Continue reading

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Victory: Bill to Protect DV Victims from Eviction Heads to Governor’s Desk

By Tara Murtha, WLP Staff We asked for your help, you gave it. We heard about all the phone calls and emails. Now, together, we achieved a huge victory for the rights of domestic violence survivors in Pennsylvania, who can … Continue reading

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Tell Your Senators NO to Hijacking a Domestic Violence Bill with Gun Amendment

This just keeps getting worse and worse, and we need your help. The Pennsylvania Senate convenes this morning at 10:00AM for the last day of the legislative session. While we hoped that PA legislators would finally pass a common-sense bill … Continue reading

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Bill Protecting Domestic Violence Victims Unanimously Passes in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives

By Sarah Bugay, WLP Intern On Tuesday, January 14 2014, HB 1796, legislation that seeks to prohibit local nuisance ordinances from penalizing tenants for calling the police to respond to domestic violence and other emergencies, passed unanimously in the Pennsylvania … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania is Failing Women

By Kate Michelman and Sue Frietsche So much for Pennsylvania as the birthplace of freedom and democracy. A report last month from the Center for American Progress offered some alarming statistics about the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the way   it … Continue reading

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Problematic “Stand Your Ground” Law: Does It Protect All Florida Citizens Equally?

By Nora Kenty, WLP Summer Intern In the aftermath of the Trayvon Martin verdict, celebrities, pundits, and bloggers have all been commenting on Florida’s “stand your ground” law, which takes self-defense beyond the usual confines of one’s home. The Florida … Continue reading

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PA Superior Court Hears Argument on Insurance Claim of Domestic Violence Arson Victim

By Susan Frietsche, WLP Senior Staff Attorney Q.: What’s worse than having your house burned down by your abusive spouse?  A.: Finding out your insurance company won’t cover the damage. On April 2, 2013, the Women’s Law Project presented oral … Continue reading

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