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On Monday, June 12, D.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine and Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh filed a lawsuit in federal court against President Donald Trump for violating the United States Constitution. The complaint alleges President Trump’s business entanglements violate the Constitution’s Foreign and Domestic Emoluments Clauses, America’s original anti-corruption provisions.

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The Domestic Violence Section performs three primary functions:

  • Helping survivors of intimate partner violence, family violence, sexual assault, or stalking get civil protection orders (CPOs) through the Domestic Violence Intake Center;
  • Prosecuting violations of CPOs; and
  • Representing Adult Protective Services (APS) in obtaining guardians and conservators for incapacitated adults who are being abused, neglected, or financially exploited, or who are self-neglecting.

Domestic Violence Intake Center
The Domestic Violence Intake Center serves as a one stop shop for survivors of intimate partner violence, family violence, sexual assault, or stalking who want to bring criminal charges for violations of protection orders as well as individuals applying for child support related to domestic violence cases. The Office of the Attorney General staffs the reception desk; meets with individuals seeking help, and participates in a city-wide referral system through which intake center clients are connected to attorneys for representation in civil protection order cases.

In addition to the Court, the Office of the Attorney General partners with the following agencies to run the intake centers:

  • SAFE (Survivors and Advocates for Empowerment)
  • Metropolitan Police Department
  • United States Attorney's Office
  • Legal Aid Society

The Domestic Violence Intake Center is located at D.C. Superior Court, 500 Indiana Avenue, NW, Room 4550. There is also a satellite center located at the United Medical Center, 1328 Southern Avenue, S.E., Suite 311.

Contempt Prosecutions
Any person who has a temporary or civil protection order that has been violated may report that violation to the court by filing a motion for criminal contempt either at the Domestic Violence Intake Centers or directly in the court’s Domestic Violence clerk’s office. The Domestic Violence Section reviews every motion for criminal contempt filed with the court and decides whether to file charges. The section vertically prosecutes criminal contempt cases, meaning the same prosecutor handles the case from charging through post-conviction probation matters.

Adult Protective Services Representation
The Adult Protective Services (APS) hotline, 202-541-3950, receives reports and initiates investigations of alleged abuse, neglect, exploitation, or self-neglect of vulnerable adults. Vulnerable adults are those who suffer from a physical or mental impairment, self-neglect, or incapacity. On behalf of APS, the Domestic Violence Section files intervention cases which ask the court to appoint guardians and conservators to care for incapacitated individuals and their property. Individuals are incapacitated if their ability to receive and evaluate information or communicate decisions is impaired to such an extent that they are unable to manage their financial resources or meet their physical health and safety needs. The section’s elder abuse advocate works closely with the APS attorney to help provide elderly victims access to needed services.

Coordinated Community Response
The Domestic Violence Section also participates in a variety of interagency efforts to coordinate and improve the city’s response to domestic violence. These efforts include: D.C. TROV (District’s Collaborative Training & Response for Older Victims); the Elder Abuse Prevention Committee; the Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board; the High Risk Domestic Violence Intervention Team; VAN (Victim Assistance Network); VLNDC (Victim Legal Network of D.C.).

Useful Links
Domestic Violence Intake Centers
SAFE (Survivors and Advocates for Empowerment)
Metropolitan Police Department
United States Attorney’s Office (prosecutes all domestic violence crimes)
Legal Aid Society
D.C. Victim Hotline, 1-844-4HELPDC (844-443-5732)
D.C. VAN (Victim Assistance Network) (membership roster at bottom of page lists wide range of victim service providers in D.C.)

The following is a list of consumer resources to further your research. Select a subject title to get more information.

Federal Consumer Information Center
(888) 8-PUEBLO (878-3256) Consumer catalogues and publications
Email: catalog.pueblo@gsa.gov

Federal Agency Consumer Resources
Consumer information from the federal government

Federal Trade Commission
Consumer education brochures

Car Talk
Car advice from the Click and Clack brothers of National Public Radio

The Common Denominator
Articles written by members of the DC Bar Section Antitrust, Trade regulation and Consumer Affairs, on DC law and consumer rights

Consumer Action
Consumer information including annual surveys on topics such as credit card rates

Consumer Reports Online
Nonprofit organization that publishes a magazine on consumer protection and product safety

Consumer World
Extensive links to consumer resources, including bargains and news releases

Consumer's CHECKBOOK
The Center for the Study of Services provides a good source of information on local merchants

National Consumer Law Center
Training materials for attorneys, and brochures for consumers

National Consumers League
Consumer education including health related matters

Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
Information on privacy and identity theft, including form letters, fact sheets and links to privacy websites

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Notice of Emergency and Proposed Rulemaking

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

District of Columbia Official Code
Division V. Local Business Affairs
Title 28. Commercial Instruments and Transactions.
Subtitle II. Other Commercial Transactions.
Chapter 45: Restraints of Trade.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

District of Columbia Official Code
Division V. Local Business Affairs
Title 28. Commercial Instruments and Transactions.
Subtitle II. Other Commercial Transactions.
Chapter 45: Restraints of Trade.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

District of Columbia Official Code
Division V. Local Business Affairs
Title 28. Commercial Instruments and Transactions.
Subtitle II. Other Commercial Transactions.
Chapter 45: Restraints of Trade.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

District of Columbia Official Code
Division V. Local Business Affairs
Title 28. Commercial Instruments and Transactions.
Subtitle II. Other Commercial Transactions.
Chapter 45: Restraints of Trade.