US domestic violence law covers gay victims, justice dept confirms

Published: June 11, 2010

US domestic violence law covers gay victims, justice dept confirms

The US justice department has confirmed that federal laws giving protection against domestic violence also apply to gays and lesbians.

A memo posted yesterday by the department said prosecutors should enforce criminal provisions in the Violence Against Women Act in cases involving gay and lesbian relationships.

These provisions include those related to domestic violence, stalking and protection order violations.

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