VPLC Applauds Historic Gun Agreement that Protects Some Domestic Violence Victims

Virginia Poverty Law Center (VPLC) applauds the historic agreement between Governor Terry McAuliffe and Republican and Democratic leaders to, among other things, prohibit a person subject to a Family Abuse Protective Order under Code of Virginia §16.1-279.1 from possessing a firearm. This is a common sense step toward promoting victim safety and holding perpetrators accountable […]

Stop Financial Exploitation of Vulnerable Virginians

Stop Financial Exploitation of Vulnerable Virginians Financial exploitation is the illegal or improper use of someone else’s money or belongings for the user’s own personal benefit.[1]  In fiscal year 2014, Virginia’s Adult Protective Services received 1,079 substantiated complaints of financial exploitation.  Too often, exploitation occurs at the hands of a trusted family member, caregiver, agent […]

2016 Legislative Agenda

Hot off the Press and ready to view! We invite you to look at the 2016 VPLC Legislative Agenda to see our legislative priorities for this year’s General Assembly session. Each page has details of issues our staff is advocating, what we hope to accomplish and bring awareness around to legislators, and quotations to inspire you […]

New Standards needed for Parent’s Attorneys

Parents have a long-recognized constitutional right to raise their children as they see fit, without governmental interference.  The U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly upheld this right, most recently in the 2000 case of Troxel v. Granville (530 US 57).  However, if the government determines that a parent has abused or neglected her children, the government […]

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