November 3, 2010

Dear Friend,

We are happy to announce the merger of WomensLaw.org and the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV). This merger, to be complete in December, was made possible in part through the support of The SeaChange-Lodestar Fund for Nonprofit Collaboration.

Since its founding ten years ago, WomensLaw.org has worked closely with NNEDV to inform survivors of domestic violence about their legal rights and options. After partnering on tech safety, confidentiality, and legal rights projects, WomensLaw.org and NNEDV decided to join efforts, becoming one stronger organization.

On Sunday, WomensLaw.org’s Legal Director, Stacey Sarver, was a guest on WABC-TV’s “Tiempo,” a community affairs program in New York City. She discussed our merger and the life-saving services WomensLaw.org provides. You can watch Stacey on parts one and two here.

Every month, approximately 75,000 people visit theWomensLaw.org website, and staff responds to nearly 500 people through the web-based “legal hotline.” October was a record-breaking month with 79,661 unique visitors. WomensLaw.org directly supports NNEDV’s common goals and can help NNEDV dramatically expand our support of coalitions against domestic violence in every state and U.S. territory and local victim services programs. NNEDV is committed to retain the signature elements of WomensLaw.org, including the name, which is well-recognized for excellence.

Together, NNEDV and WomensLaw.org will be able to work more efficiently and effectively. NNEDV’s relationships will allow WomensLaw.org to work more closely with state partners, deepening the legal information and support available to survivors. WomensLaw.org’s legal expertise will allow NNEDV to expand our offerings to state domestic violence coalitions and their member programs across the country. This new partnership will increase our impact in the areas of child custody, privacy, housing, firearms, and financial literacy.

As always, our joint goal is to ensure that survivors have greater access to, and deeper resources for, legal information and support as they struggle to find safety and stability for themselves and their children.

Please visit WomensLaw.org today to learn more.

Thank you,
Sue Else
President