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Disability & Domestic Violence: Articles

Domestic Violence Legal Program Expands and Enhances Services

Thanks to funding received from the New York State Senate, the Empire Justice Center is pleased to announce the expansion and enhancement of legal technical assistance and training to the civil legal services community and other domestic violence-related service providers outside of New York City. Read More


SSA Issues Administrative Message Addressing Homesteads Owned by Domestic Violence Survivors Who Have Fled Their Abusers

In late 2004, advocates from the Empire Justice Center contacted the Social Security Administration (SSA) on behalf of survivors of domestic violence who were facing complicated bureaucratic hurdles when they had to flee from their homes to escape abuse. Read More


DV POMS Revised

SSA has revised several sections of its POMS pertaining to victims of domestic violence. Read More


SSA Issues Administrative Message on DV Homesteads

Last year, advocates from the Empire Justice Center (then known as GULP) contacted SSA on behalf of victims of domestic violence who were facing complicated bureaucratic hurdles when they had to flee from their homes to escape abuse. Read More


The Building Bridges Project Updated December 2005

Approximately 54 million Americans live with a disability and research to date suggests that women with disabilities (cognitive, physical, psychiatric, or sensory) experience domestic violence, abuse, sexual assault and stalking at higher or similar rates than non-disabled women. Read More


The Rochester Model Training Project: Assisting Women Who Are Abused in Our Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Community

How to use communication services for Battered women who are Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing. Read More


The Rochester Model Training Project: Assisting Women Who Are Abused in Our Deaf and Hard-of Hearing Community

“Whenever any deaf person is a party to a legal proceeding of any nature, or a witness therein (emphasis added), the court in all instances shall appoint a qualified interpreter who is certified by a recognized national or New York state credentialing authority as approved by the chief administrator of the courts to interpret the proceeding to, and the testimony of, such deaf person; provided, however, where compliance with this section would cause unreasonable delay in court proceedings, the court shall be authorized to temporarily appoint an interpreter who is otherwise qualified to interpret the proceedings to, and the testimony of, such deaf person until a certified interpreter is available. Read More


SSA Promises Better Protections for Domestic Violence Victims

Victims of domestic violence who are forced to flee their homes frequently face complicated bureaucratic hurdles as they attempt to establish independence from their batterers. Thanks to advocacy by Empire Justice Center, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will alleviate at least one such barrier. Read More


New Discussion List Addressing Domestic Violence Against Women with Disabilities and who are deaf or Hard-of-Hearing

Approximately 54 million Americans live with a disability and research to date suggests that women with disabilities experience domestic violence, abuse, sexual assault and stalking at rates higher than or similar to non-disabled women. Read More


New Social Security Numbers for Domestic Violence Victims

Victims of domestic violence and stalking are often forced to flee their own homes in order to insure the safety of themselves or their children. Sometimes safe havens, shelters, and orders of protection are insufficient safeguards against tenacious and determined abusers. After all other safety measures have been exhausted, some victims have no alternative but to relocate and, in more dangerous cases, establish a new, safe identity. Read More