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119 Penn St. L. Rev. 257 (2014-2015)
Chronic Nuisance Ordinances: Turning Victims of Domestic Violence into Nuisances in the Eyes of Municipalities

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Chronic Nuisance Ordinances: Turning
Victims of Domestic Violence into
Nuisances in the Eyes of Municipalities

Amanda K. Gavin*

                             ABSTRACT

     Chronic nuisance ordinances are municipal ordinances that identify
and terminate unwanted nuisance activities.   Although chronic
nuisance ordinances originally targeted households that harbored prolific
drug use, many municipalities have broadened the scope of their
ordinances to include a wide range of activities, including acts of
domestic violence. As a result, domestic violence victims are now
frequently deemed nuisances when they call the police for protection.
Municipalities, to abate the nuisances, evict the domestic violence
victims from their homes. Because chronic nuisance ordinances are
gaining in popularity throughout the country, an increasing number of
domestic violence victims are being victimized twice: once by their
abusers and again by their municipalities.
    This Comment explores the objectives, validity, and effects of
chronic nuisance ordinances. This Comment also analyzes several
arguments that have been used to challenge the constitutionality of these

*J.D. Candidate, The Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University,
2015.

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