How calling 911 can punish a domestic violence victim
July 17, 2015
In some cities, nuisance laws force domestic violence victims to decide between calling police and staying in their home
When Lakisha Briggs returned from the hospital after being beaten and stabbed by her boyfriend, her landlord told her that she had to move. Instead of protection, the mother of two, working double shifts to make ends meet, faced eviction from her home because of a public nuisance ordinance in her city that penalizes landlords and tenants based on police response at a property – a law forcing Briggs, and other domestic violence victims, into a terrifying dilemma.