What Does This Mean for Advocates?
Full faith and credit may be a passport to safety for many survivors of domestic violence so advocates need to be familiar with the federal law and understand how it is being implemented in states and tribes throughout the country. Advocates need to share this information with all survivors. Advocates also need to advise survivors of the dangers they may face when traveling and assist them with appropriate safety planning.
Abusers who are determined and willing to cross state or tribal lines in pursuit of their victims may be among the most dangerous. With information about full faith and credit, survivors can make more informed decisions about safety.