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Tips for Representing LGBT Victims of Domestic Violence in Court

January 2010 | Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Community Center

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"Some judges and/or court personnel will not take LGBT domestic violence as seriously as heterosexual violence. They may encourage you, as the attorney, to settle the matter. They may be less willing to grant the restraining order or more likely to grant mutual restraining orders. Research and prepare arguments in advance to counter these barriers. Also, there may be different laws governing actions for LGBT persons."

This is a short tip sheet for attorneys working with LGBT domestic violence cases.


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