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Shelters Can Live With Woods v. Horton  

Author:  Yvonne  Lindgren, J.D..

Source: Volume 03, Number 02, Fall 2010 , pp.123-126(4)

Family & Intimate Partner Violence Quarterly

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The California Third District Court of Appeals ruled that state funding for domestic violence shelters for women and children violates equal protection. The court ordered that the state to revise language in the code to make it more “gender neutral.” Four men brought suit against the state because they were denied domestic-violence protection and services. This article describes the court case and ruling in more detail, and summarizes the court’s remedy for the violation of equal protection. It also provides a brief history of this case as being part of a larger strategy of “men’s rights” groups to dismantle protection of women and children, especially regarding domestic violence, child custody, and divorce.


Affiliations:  1: U.C. Berkeley.

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