Violence Against Women Act

On January 5, 2006, President Bush signed The Violence Against Women Act and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005 (VAWA) into law as Public Law 109-162. VAWA prohibits the eviction of, and removal of assistance from, certain persons living in public or Section 8-assisted housing if the asserted grounds for such action is an instance of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking, as those terms are defined in Section 3 of the United States Housing Act of 1937 as amended by VAWA (42 U.S.C 13925).

Section 606 of VAWA requires the issuance of a "HUD approved certification form" for victims of abuse to use in the event that a PHA or Section 8 owner requests (as they may under the Act) that a victim of abuse certify that the alleged incidents of abuse are bona fide. The HUD approved certification form is provided below:

Certification of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, or Stalking (PDF) (SEE ATTACHED PDF) pdf icon