VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT
VAWA, the Violence Against Women Act, provides protections for all applicants, tenants, and participants from being denied assistance on the basis or as a direct result of being a victim of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. It also covers the victim’s immediate family members and other household members (even if they are not related to the victim by blood or marriage). You don’t have to be married to or living with the abuser to be protected by VAWA. VAWA covers eleven federally-assisted housing programs.
Federal laws protect applicants, beneficiaries, participants, and other individuals from discrimination in programs or activities administered by state and local government agencies and recipients of federal financial assistance. Examples include residents or applicants of public housing, affordable housing, and voucher programs. If you believe you have been discriminated against in any housing or community development program, you may file a complaint with FHEO.