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HUD Memorandum: Assessing Claims of Housing Discrimination Under VAWA


Date Published: February 2011


This memorandum provides guidance to Office of Fair Housing and Equal (FHEO) staff on assessing claims by domestic violence victims under the Fair Housing Act. This memorandum discusses the legal theories and examples of recent cases. It also explains how the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) protects some domestic violence victims from eviction, denial of housing, or termination of assistance on the basis of the violence perpetrated by their abusers.

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Foundational Resources: Fair Housing Laws and RegulationsGuidance/Handbooks
Legal Theories and Concepts: Criminal Activities/BackgroundDisparate ImpactDomestic ViolenceElements of ProofSexual HarassmentVAWA: Violence Against Women Act
Protected Classes: Federal and Local: Familial StatusSex, Sexual Orientation, and Gender Identity
Courses: Basics of Fair HousingFundamentals of Fair Housing – FHAP InvestigationFundamentals of Fair Housing – IntakeLitigating Fair Housing Cases

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