San Diego County will train police better to deal with strangulation, a particularly dangerous form of domestic violence. Victims can fall unconscious in seconds and be dead in minutes. Fifteen percent of the county’s domestic-violence homicides between 2008 and 2015 were strangulation cases.
Mayor Bill de Blasio orders a “comprehensive citywide strategy” to deal with the problem. Killings within a family or romantic relationship have averaged 68 each year since 2002, while homicides in the city have dropped nearly 40 percent.
To address domestic violence successfully, criminal justice practitioners and advocates should address the needs of the perpetrators as well as the victims, experts said today during a press briefing at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
Brown admitted to police that he physically, verbally, and emotionally abused his then-wife, Molly Brown, but he told ESPN after his release that “I never struck my wife.” Team president John Mara admits its decisions on Brown “were misguided.”
When a child is exposed to family violence, the memories never go away. The following essay, provided by The Beat Within, was written by a member of the San Francisco County Jail writers workshop. The Crime Report is publishing it to mark Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Abused women accused of killing a spouse have sometimes mounted a defense based on the Battered Woman Syndrome. As Domestic Violence Awareness Month begins, it’s worth considering ways in which courts can provide a sympathetic hearing without giving abuse victims a “license to kill.”
Each year, in the U.S. alone, about 5.3 million adult women are victimized by an intimate partner, writes the founder of a New York City nonprofit that aims to improve the financial health of abuse survivors.