Eviction of Domestic Violence Survivor Must Be Stopped

On December 4, 2013, we sent a joint letter with the ACLU of Michigan, to the Director of the Inkster Housing Commission, urging for the eviction proceedings against FHC complainant Allison Ben to be dropped. The Housing Commission was planning to evict Ms. Ben because she was ‘disturbing the peace’ by calling the police when her ex-partner was violent. Ms. Ben, who is pregnant and has a four-year-old, has had multiple personal protection orders against her ex.

From the ACLU-MI Press Release: “Putting a pregnant woman and her kids out on the street before Christmas because of the actions of her abuser is cruel and unconscionable,” said Michael J. Steinberg, ACLU of Michigan legal director. “The Inkster Housing Commission must put an end to this illegal policy that re-victimizes women and reinforces the dangerous stereotype that women who experience domestic violence must be allowing it to happen.”

As of yesterday, the eviction proceedings have been postponed until January 7th. To stay informed as the case progresses, follow us on  Twitter, Email, or Facebook.

Read More:

Letter to Ernestine Carter, Inkster Housing Commission

ACLU-MI Press Release “Inkster Housing Commission Cannot Evict Domestic Violence Survivor Because of the Abuse She Suffered

Channel 7 News Story “Inkster mother who is survivor of domestic violence faces eviction

Michigan Radio News Story “ACLU seeks to prevent eviction of domestic violence victim

Read about the similar case we worked on in 2000, Arronica Warren

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