New Bill Provides Protection for Gay and Bisexual Victims of Domestic Violence – MacGregor & Collins, LLP

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According to the NY Times, the House recently gave final approval for a bill that will offer protection for bisexual, gay or transgender victims of domestic abuse. The bill essentially gives those who were denied victim services due to gender identity and sexual orientation more opportunities to obtain help following certain instances of violence.

LGBT Receive Domestic Violence Abuse Aid
The progress made towards providing domestic abuse aid to all of those who would benefit from it, regardless of sexual orientation, displays a transition from ignorance that was desperately needed.

According to the NY Times, the House recently gave final approval for a bill that will offer protection for bisexual, gay or transgender victims of domestic abuse. The bill essentially gives those who were denied victim services due to gender identity and sexual orientation more opportunities to obtain help following certain instances of violence.

The Violence Against Women Act was passed on a vote of 286 to 138, with 87 Republicans as well as 199 Democrats supporting the reauthorization of the previously instituted law. The 1994 version of the law was put in place to assist victims of sexual and domestic violence, but was called into question by Democrats for its failure to include protections for LGBT victims.

In addition to paving the way for gay, lesbian, and transgender domestic violence victims to receive aid, the bill also removed provisions that kept American Indian women from pursuing justice in tribal courts for domestic abuse. Previously, when American Indian women were assaulted on reservations by non-Indians, they did not have the ability to pursue a case in tribal courts.

More than 1,200 women and rights groups signed a letter supporting the legislation and president Obama himself made a statement supporting the changes made.

“Over more than two decades, this law has saved countless lives and transformed the way we treat victims of abuse. Today’s vote will go even further by continuing to reduce domestic violence, improving how we treat victims of rape, and extending protections to Native American women and members of the L.G.B.T. community,” said president Obama.

Randy Collins, MacGregor & Collins firm partner, has worked on behalf of several domestic violence defendants. “The Violence Against Women Act’s previous inability to provide aid for the L.G.B.T. community has been an inexcusable loophole for battered persons since the law’s inception in 1994. The Country’s failure to provide L.G.B.T. couples with the same advantages as the rest of Americans has been slow and painful, but progress like this may give other bills that provide aid a better chance of support.

“At MacGregor & Collins, LLP, we believe that every domestic violence case is different. There are some cases where the violence is an isolated incident and safeguards such as non-violent protective orders and counseling can be put in place that serve as a better remedy for family and society. The progress made towards providing domestic abuse aid to all of those who would benefit from it, regardless of sexual orientation, displays a transition from ignorance that was desperately needed,” said Attorney Collins.

About MacGregor & Collins, LLP

MacGregor & Collins, LLP attorneys provide criminal defense services for those arrested or charged within California. Their attorneys firmly believe in rehabilitation and alternative sentencing programs designed to help offenders learn from their mistakes and avoid jail time. In addition to domestic violence and abuse, their lawyers represent those charged with DUI, burglary, and drug crimes.

For more information about MacGregor & Collins, LLP, or to obtain a free professional case evaluation, call 949-250-6097 to speak with an experienced legal professional.

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