Defending Victims of Domestic Violence

May 19, 2014

In December 2013, the Inkster Housing Commission attempted to evict Allison Ben, who was nine months pregnant, because her abuser caused a disturbance when he attacked Ms. Ben in her apartment.

Working with Legal Aid and the Fair Housing Center, the ACLU of Michigan wrote a letter to the housing commission warning that the eviction of a domestic violence survivor under these circumstances violated the Fair Housing Act and the Violence Against Women Act.

Fortunately for Ms. Ben and her family, we were able to halt the eviction. We also helped Ms. Ben with criminal and restraining order proceedings involving the abuser and his girlfriend.

(Inkster Housing Commission v. Ben; ACLU Legal Director Michael J. Steinberg and Wayne Law Clinic Student Pamela Wall; Cooperating Attorneys Christine Hopkins and Haralambos Mihas; Pamela Kisch of the Fair Housing Center of Southeastern Michigan; Robert Day of the Legal Aid & Defender Association.)