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NFHTA Forum | Violence Against Women Act, Part 2: Legal Protections for Survivors


January 18, 2023 | 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST




"It is critical as you work with survivors that you make sure that you are also partnering with victim service providers who can offer crisis intervention and trauma-informed services and also for all of us to keep in mind that survivors are not a monolith. Survivors experience and respond to violence differently based on their backgrounds and unique circumstances."

Karlo Ng, Director on Gender Based Violence Prevention and Equity, Office of the Secretary, HUD

On October 1, 2022, the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization Act of 2022 (VAWA 2022) went into effect. VAWA 2022 amended and strengthened the law's housing protections for survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking ("survivors"). Later that month, NFHTA launched this forum series designed to highlight the intersections of gender-based violence, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), and fair housing. During the October forum, Violence Against Women Act, Part 1: Understanding Survivors' Experiences, experts discussed best practices for working with and supporting survivors using an intersectional lens and the societal power dynamics that uniquely shape their experiences with and responses to violence.

This second forum in the series familiarized participants with VAWA's legal protections in housing for survivors. This includes both existing VAWA protections and new protections, which include the right to report crime and emergencies and a prohibition against retaliation. They also include expanded authority for HUD and the Department of Justice (DOJ) to enforce VAWA's housing title. This new enforcement authority permits HUD to accept, investigate, conciliate, and resolve complaints under VAWA 2022, as it does under the Fair Housing Act. This forum offers resources and best practices for identifying VAWA legal issues in housing and referring survivors who wish to file complaints with HUD. Ultimately, forum attendees are better informed and equipped to work with and for survivors and to share knowledge and resources with others in their organizations and agencies. Over 1322 fair housing partners joined the conversation.


  1. Welcome from moderator, Cashauna Hill, Executive Director at the Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center
  2. Opening remarks by Karlo Ng, Director on Gender Based Violence Prevention and Equity, Office of the Secretary, HUD
  3. Introduction of panelists:
    • Hannah Gordon, Trial Attorney, HUD's Office of General Counsel, Fair Housing Compliance Division
    • Alexandria Lippincott, Trial Attorney, HUD's Office of General Counsel, Fair Housing Enforcement Division
    • Larisa Kofman, J.D, Partner, Enfuse Action Collective, LLC
    • Kate Walz, Associate Director of Litigation, National Housing Law Project (NHLP)
  4. Presentation and discussion by panelists on:
    • Background on VAWA as implemented by HUD
    • Recent federal registrar notice
    • The complaint process and overlap with VAWA
    • Hypotheticals to identify VAWA cases
    • How to file a complaint with HUD
    • Housing protections under VAWA
    • Potential legal remedies for survivors under VAWA
    • Common VAWA legal issues and housing scenarios
  5. Question and answer session moderated by Ms. Hill

A video of the forum has been posted on this page, along with a transcript of the conversation and a robust resources list for your continued reference.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand VAWA's housing protections and remedies for survivors
  • Develop working knowledge of HUD FHEO's new enforcement authority, including complaint filing and investigative processes, under VAWA
  • Identify potential legal remedies for survivors under VAWA
  • Recognize common VAWA legal issues and scenarios in housing, so as to be able to direct survivors to access appropriate assistance


This forum is targeted to HUD-funded fair housing organizations (i.e., FHIP and FHAP professionals), fair housing partners (e.g., legal service providers and civil rights advocates), and others in housing, advocacy, survivor services, mental health services, and law enforcement.


HUD Leadership Remarks

Karlo Ng Bio

Karlo Ng

Director on Gender-based Violence Prevention and Equity
Office of the Secretary, HUD

Live Roundtable

Cashauna Hill Bio

Cashauna Hill

Executive Director
Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center


Hannah Gordon Bio

Hannah Gordon

Trial Attorney
HUD's Office of General Counsel, Fair Housing Compliance Division


Alexandria Lippincott Bio

Alexandria Lippincott

Trial Attorney
HUD's Office of General Counsel, Fair Housing Enforcement Division


Larisa Kofman Bio

Larisa Kofman, J.D.

Enfuse Action Collective, LLC


Kate Walz Bio

Kate Walz

Associate Director of Litigation
National Housing Law Project (NHLP)


About the Forums

Forums are online conversations designed to allow multi-directional interactions between HUD and its FHIP and FHAP partners around emerging fair housing issues regarding processing complaints, conducting investigations, and managing agencies. Topics will evolve based on partner needs and interests.

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