Domestic Violence

What is Domestic Violence in Housing?

Domestic violence in housing is “… the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, psychological violence, and emotional abuse.” –-National Coalition Against Domestic Violence 

For example: In a housing scenario, a landlord’s policy is to not rent to anyone who has domestic violence history. That policy seems facially neutral, but in fact, because women are the majority of domestic violence victims (86.6%) that policy adversely impacts women disproportionately.  This is discrimination in housing based on sex through a disparate impact theory.