The Justice Department’s Office for Violence Against Women sent Congress a report detailing how it has spent more than $225 million in grants in each of the last three years. The Heritage Foundation has called for the grants to end, saying they have not been scientifically evaluated.
Ohio becomes the second state to offer a network of support services to victims of violent crime, including sexual assault and human trafficking, in a partnership between hospitals and victim services agencies. Attorney General Mike DeWine announces a $2.6 million grant divided among five agencies.
Police can play a greater role in assisting trauma victims even when they are conducting information-gathering interviews, according to a Norwegian study of youths who witnessed the July 2011 attacks at a summer camp and government building which killed 77.
Advocates and law enforcement are trying to intervene earlier with girls and get them the help many desperately need. Some 850 girls aged 17 and under were violent crime victims in Chicago in this year’s first eight months.
Republican Eric Greitens says he is focusing more than ever “on the mission of creating safer neighborhoods” after his wife is robbed at gunpoint near their St. Louis home. Grietens assumes office as governor next month.
New Orleans police official Shaun Ferguson gave women a blunt warning after a spate of carjackings and armed robberies. He says women in his city shouldn’t be out alone at night and if they are threatened in their vehicles, they should move to a “safe haven.”
Sociologist Gema Santamaría says vigilante murders are a relatively new development, adding that “public approval of the justiciero [avenger] has to do with the deep discontent over how the justice system and security services work in Mexico.”
Columbus, Ga., court fined Cleopatra Harrison for not pressing charges against her boyfriend, for choking her. The policy “sounds like something out of the nineteenth century,” says her attorney, Sarah Geraghty.