New Orleans apartments tried to evict domestic violence victim

For the first time, a new Louisiana law has been used to protect a survivor from losing her home based on violence against her.

News Story (Louisiana)

Richard A. Webster
Times-Picayune (New Orleans, LA)
October 27, 2015

Tags: Domestic Violence, Housing: Discrimination, Housing: Eviction

Organizations mentioned/involved: Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS)


The case went before Judge Veronica Henry on Oct. 15. The woman’s attorney, Hardell Ward with Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, cited the newly passed state law. He also cited a state law that says a person may not be considered a guest if that person entered a household without consent. Even if consent was given, it is automatically rescinded once that guest commits an act of domestic violence.

Last, Hardell pointed to a Housing Authority of New Orleans policy stating that domestic violence victims may not be evicted. The woman receives housing assistance from that agency.

Chateau d’Orleans’ attempt to evict her failed on all counts. Henry denied the request.