The authors of the University of Texas study focused on Dallas Police Department incident reports before and after the city’s shelter-in-place order. But they cautioned the data did not support tying the abuse “solely” to the pandemic-caused lockdown.
The United Nations Population Fund said woman “trapped at home” by coronavirus lockdowns are at increasing risk from domestic abuse. The agency estimated that for every three months the quarantine continues, there will be an additional 15 million extra cases of gender-based violence.
France has allocated one million euros ($1.1 million) for “anti-domestic abuse organizations to help them respond to increased demand for services” after a 32 percent increase in domestic violence calls. Advocates in the U.S. fear similar spikes here.
Valerie Martinez’ Louisiana parish has one of the most innovative systems in the country for getting guns out of the hands of abusers, thanks to her work. The system has served as the model for similar reforms across this conservative state.
Complaints from dozens of former staffers allege unsafe conditions, dirty facilities, and a culture that encouraged staff to fib on time cards and pilfer donations meant for survivors and their families at centers managed by the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
Russia has a notorious record of family violence, with around 5,000-7,000 cases of spousal abuse reported annually, but efforts by a coalition of feminists, lawyers and bloggers to pass new legislation with stiff penalties have run into fierce resistance, reports the head of PEN Moscow.
Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo called out prominent Texas Republicans for opposing gun legislation to close the so-called “boyfriend loophole” in the federal Violence Against Women Act after one of his officers was killed over the weekend responding to a domestic violence call.