You Thought the Boyfriend Loophole Was Closing… Not Exactly.

June 2022

Article from Battered Women’s Justice Project


“BWJP applauds Congress for passing the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, which is an important first step. For those in a “continuous serious relationship,” this legislation closes the “boyfriend loophole” of misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence.  While we understand that this language will help some survivors, we realize that many survivors will be left unprotected. Congress has left it up to the courts to define the nature of a survivor’s relationship with the perpetrator. Survivors deserve to feel safe whether they are in relationships that are categorized as married, dating, casual, or complicated.”

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