Domestic Violence and Fair Housing Laws

National and local statistics show that 90-95% of victims of domestic violence are women. When a housing provider has a policy of denying tenancy to or evicting anyone who is involved in a domestic violence incident, the housing provider's neutral policy could have a "disparate impact" on women. Because women are far more likely to be the victims of domestic violence and not the perpetrators, domestic violence policies such as these negatively affect women far more than men, and are likely to be a violation of fair housing laws.

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