protecting victims

Domestic Violence

in housing

Domestic Violence and Fair Housing

Survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking have protections under both Oregon and Washington’s landlord-tenant laws (Oregon: ORS Chapter 90; Washington RCW 59.18). These state laws make clear it is illegal to discriminate against a domestic violence survivor. In 2011 HUD also issued nationwide guidance stating when they will view discrimination against domestic violence survivors as a form of gender discrimination under the Fair Housing Act.

State Protections:


Housing Rights for Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking Survivors (OR)


Landlord/Tenant Issues For Survivors of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and/or Stalking (WA)


HUD on Domestic Violence Protection:

HUD Memo on Assessing Domestic Violence Claims in Housing http://www.fhco.org/pdfs/news/NEWS_HUDonAssessingDVclaims02092011.pdf

HUD announces Enhanced Protections for Domestic Violence Victims Across the Country

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Misc. Resources:

Domestic Violence and Fair Housing Laws: An article by King County Office of Civil Rights
NOTE: This article predates the protection of domestic violence victims in Oregon and Washington's state laws. It is, none-the-less, an interesting piece.

Domestic Violence and Your Housing Rights
NOTE: This document addresses Washington state law specifically. Much of it is also applicable to Oregon state law.

HUD Certification Form for Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Stalking and Assault

Fair Housing and Domestic Violence and Assault: Fact Sheet

Multimedia Materials for Domestic Violence Attorneys and Advocates

Rights of Domestic Violence Survivors in Public and Subsidized Housing

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Issues Guidance for Approved Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Self-Petitioners

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Brochure by National Housing Law Project

Violence Against Women in Housing

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