Advocates Shine Light on Mandatory Arrest Impact in LGBTQ+ Relationships

In New York, specific laws govern whether or not an arrest is required in cases of reports family crimes related to of intimate partner violence. Often, an arrest may be required depending on the charge. Because of the dynamics of LGBTQ+ relationships, it may not be obvious who is a survivor and who is doing harm. This lack of clarity can result in misarrest, revictimization and other potential challenges for survivors.

In this panel discussion continuing our Courageous Conversations series, legal experts from AVP, Vera Institute for Justice and CUNY School of Law explore Mandatory Arrest in New York State and why LGBTQ+ survivors experience challenges under this law.


Cat Shugrue dos Santos, former AVP Deputy Executive Director of Programs, Now incoming Executive Director of Fresh Youth Initiatives

Leslie Allen, AVP Deputy Director of Legal Services

Erin Ross, Program Manager/Lead Disrupting Gender Based Violence Project, Vera Institute

Julie Goldscheid, Professor of Law CUNY Law School


Orie Givens, Director of Communications , AVP