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Center for Gender & Sexuality Studies Examines Issues of Male Victims of Intimate Partner Violence

Posted Thursday, March 6, 2014

istock_black_eye_web_or_emailjpgThe Western New England University School of Law’s Center for Gender & Sexuality Studies will host Attorney Wayne Thomas from the Gay Men’s Domestic Violence Project on Wednesday, March 12. The event will take place at the Blake Law Center Commons beginning at 12:00 noon. Thomas, co-presenting with Western New England Law Professor Jennifer Levi will look at the MCAD v. The R.O.S.E. Fund case in which a male victim of intimate partner violence allegedly was denied services on the basis of gender. This event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served.

Wayne Thomas is the creator of the legal program at the GLBTQ Domestic Violence Project in Boston, MA, where he practices as the Managing Attorney. He handles civil protection order cases, discrimination, and family law matters and provides advocacy to victims and witnesses in the criminal justice system. Wayne served on the advisory board of the American Bar Association’s Legal Assistance and Education for LGBT Victims of Domestic Violence Project from 2007-2009. He has presented on LGBTQ domestic and sexual violence legal issues at national conferences and trainings on behalf of the ABA and the National LGBT Bar Association. He has served multiple terms as co-chair of the GLBT Domestic Violence Coalition in Boston and was a member of the LGBT Subcommittee that successfully advocated for the inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity protections in the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act. He is also a co-author of a chapter on intimate partner violence in GLAD’s book: Transgender Family Law. He is a graduate of the Northeastern University School of Law.

Established in 2012, the Center for Gender & Sexuality Studies is a resource for students, alumni, and faculty of Western New England University School of Law, the legal community, and the general public. The Center works to engage with the legal community, with the University, and with members of the School of Law on core issues of gender and sexuality across a broad spectrum of law, including criminal law, immigration, employment, family law, health law, discrimination, prisoners’ rights, legislation, leadership and business, and international and comparative law. For more information visit or contact Erin Buzuvis at 413-796-1405 or


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