Freedom from Domestic Violence as a Fundamental Human Right Resolutions, Presidential Proclamations, and Other Statements of Principle
Across the United States, advocates and government actors are increasingly looking to human rights principles to address pressing concerns. This is especially true at the
state and local levels. Since 2011 an increasing number of local government bodies across the country have adopted resolutions or proclamations recognizing that freedom from domestic violence is a human right. This page contains these resolutions and proclamations, laws citing to them, and federal statements that similarly have recognized freedom from domestic violence as a human right.
Updated August 2016. Ongoing efforts to track and analyze these local efforts have been undertaken jointly by
Columbia Law School's Human Rights Institute,
University of Miami School of Law Human Rights Clinic, and Cornell Law School's Global Gender Justice Clinic.
For more information please contact Elizabeth Brundige, Cornell Law School's Global Gender Justice Clinic, and JoAnn Kamuf Ward, the Human Rights in the US Project at Columbia Law School's Human Rights Institute.
Resolutions by County, Town, and Municipal GovernmentsFor discussion of the resolutions' features, click here.
- Cincinnati, OH (2011)
- Baltimore, MD (2012)
- Miami Springs, FL (2012)
- Prattville, AL (2012)
- Erie County, NY (2012)
- Albany County, NY (Legislature) (2012)
- Albany County, NY (Executive) (2012)
- Albany City, NY (2012)
- Miami-Dade County, FL (2012)
- Montgomery City and Montgomery County, AL (2012)
- Seattle, WA (2012)
- Washington, D.C. (2013)
Travis County, TX (2014)
- Austin, TX (2014)
- Boston, MA (2014)
- Jacksonville, FL (2014)
- Chicago, IL (2014)
- Tompkins County, NY (Legislature) (2014)
- Ithaca (Town), NY (2014)
- Lansing (Town), NY (2015)
- Tompkins County, NY (Council of local governments) (2015)
- Cayuga Heights, NY (2015)
- Ithaca (City), NY (Legislature) (2015)
- Ithaca (City), NY (Executive) (2015)
- Laredo (City) and Webb County, TX (2015)
- State College, PA (Executive) (2015)
- Dallas (City), TX (2015)
- Iowa (City), IA (2016)
Local Legislation Citing to Domestic Violence Resolutions
The Miami-Dade County Commission amended its anti-discrimination ordinance in July 2014, adding victims of domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking to the list of protected classes regarding discrimination in employment, family leave, public accommodations, credit and financing practices, and housing accommodations. The amendment cited the language from the 2012 Miami-Dade County domestic violence resolution in its preamble: "Whereas on July 17, 2012, Resolution Number R-644-12 was adopted whereby this Board expressed its intent to join world leaders and leaders within the United States in recognition of domestic violence as a human rights concern and declare that the freedom from domestic violence is a fundamental human right . . . ."
Federal Government Proclamations and Statements
- Presidential Proclamation: Twentieth Anniversary of VAWA (2014)
- Presidential Proclamation: National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (2014)
- Nancy Pelosi Statement (2014)
Coordinated by Columbia Law School's Human Rights Institute, University of Miami School of Law Human Rights Clinic, and Cornell Law School's Avon Global Center for Women and Justice and Global Gender Justice Clinic.