York’s Nuisance Abatement Ordinance Punishes Sufferers of Domestic Abuse
October is domestic violence awareness month, a period during which the nation focuses its efforts and dialogue on the challenges to creating safer, gentler communities. It’s time we bring the conversation home and take a look at just one of the ways in which that struggle manifests itself in York.
Call 911, Get Evicted
It’s reasonable to assume that calling law enforcement to report abuse is always good advice. But in cities like York, which have enacted nuisance abatement laws that penalize landlords and tenants for incidents involving police response, reporting abuse to the authorities can lead to evictions and homelessness.