Violence Against Women Act - VAWA
The Violence against Women Act of 2013 (VAWA) provides special protections for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking who are applying for or receiving assistance under a Housing Choice Voucher program. Protections are not limited to women but cover victims regardless of sex, gender identity, or sexual orientation. If state or local laws provide greater protection for such victims, those laws apply along with VAWA.
Applicant and Participant Rights Under VAWA
Form HUD-5380 Notice of Occupany Rights Under VAWA explains the rights under VAWA for housing choice voucher applicants and participants who are victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking.
Certification or Documention for Those Seeking VAWA Protection
Form HUD-5382 Certification of Domestic Vioence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, or Stalking, and Alternate Documention is a form that either the victim or someone of behalf of the victim completes or they may submit one of the following types of third party documents:
- A document signed by you and an employee, agent, or volunteer of a victim service provider, an attorney, or medical professional, or a mental health professional (collectively, “professional”) from whom you have sought assistance relating to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking, or the effects of abuse. The document must specify, under penalty of perjury, that the professional believes the incident or incidents of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking occurred and meet the definition of “domestic violence,” “dating violence,” “sexual assault,” or “stalking” in HUD’s regulations at 24 CFR 5.2003.
- A record of a Federal, State, tribal, territorial or local law enforcement agency, court, or administrative agency; or
- At the discretion of the Baltimore Regional Housing Partnership (BRHP), a statement or other evidence provided by the applicant or tenant.
Emergency Transfer Plan for Tenants
BRHP is concerned about the safety of our tenants. Under VAWA, BRHP allows tenants who are victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking to request an emergency transfer from the tenant’s current unit to another unit. Form HUD-5381 Emergency Transfer Plan for Victims of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, or Stalking details the following information about our plan:
- Eligibility for emergency transfer
- Emergency transfer request documentation
- Confidentiality policy
- Emergency transfer timing and availability
- Safety and security of tenant
How to Request an Emergency Transfer
If you are a victim of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking, and you are seeking an emergency transfer, you may use Form HUD-5383 Emergency Transfer Request for Certain Victims of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, or Stalking to request an emergency transfer and certify that you meet the requirements of eligibility for an emergency transfer under VAWA. Either the vicitm or someone on behalf of the victim may complete and submt the form to BRHP. Use of this form does not mean that BRHP will approve an emergency transfer.
National Domestic Violence Hotline
The Hotline is free and confidential. You can call anytime. 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY).
Local Organizations for Victims of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, or Stalking
Anne Arundel County
1517 Richie Hwy #201
Arnold MD 21012
Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC)
24 Hour Domestic Violence Hotline
Baltimore City and County
My Sister’s Place Women’s Center
17 W. Franklin St
Baltimore MD 21201
House of Ruth Maryland
2201 Argonne Dr.
Baltimore MD 21218
1800 N. Charles St #404
Baltimore MD 21201
Carroll County Domestic Violence Unit
55 N. Court St. #100
Westminster MD 21157
24-Hour Crisis Hotline
Sexual Abuse Spouse Resource Center (SARC)
P.O. Box 1207
Bel Air, MD 21014
HopeWorks of Howard County
9770 Patuxent Woods Dr. Suite 300
Columbia MD 21046