New York’s new law barring anyone convicted of domestic abuse from owning firearms will save lives, says Gov. Andrew Cuomo. He signed the legislation April 24 in a public ceremony that doubled as a platform to attack federal inaction on gun violence.
A dedicated network of psychologists, advocates and shelters has emerged to cope with the rise in domestic violence victims since last year’s Hurricane Maria. The challenge is complicated by the slow pace of reconstruction and the lack of government resources.
Since Colorado domestic violence victim Jessica Lenahan won her human rights case in 2011, police in many states still have a long way to go in enforcing federal laws requiring them to respond proactively to victims’ needs, speakers at a screening of the 2017 documentary Home Truth about the Lenahan case said this month.
It’s easy to see why the victims of domestic violence may see getting protective orders as a waste of time. But although there are limits to the protections such orders offer, they’re still valuable tools that can help keep victims safe, writes TCR’s legal affairs columnist.
The federal Bureau of Justice Statistics says an average of 716,000 instances of nonfatal domestic violence were reported to police annually over the past decade. But 582,000 instances went unreported, or 44 percent of the 1.3 million annual total.
To reduce the potential for child abuse, drug treatment courts serving parents convicted on a drug-related offense should consider combing drug deterrence programs with family therapeutic treatment, researchers say.
In a church basement about 20 miles northwest of Sacramento, a man who asked to be called “Sam” told a circle of a dozen men about his latest arrest. That was the one that landed him in Manalive (Men Allied Nationally Against Living in Violent Environments), a batterer intervention program that meets for three hours every week over the course of a year. The facilitator, David Morton, who is well over six feet tall, broad-shouldered and bald, with white whiskers, […]
More than 300 women were shot, stabbed, strangled, beaten, bludgeoned or burned to death over the past decade by men in South Carolina, dying at a rate of one every 12 days while the state does little to stem the carnage from domestic abuse. More than three times as many South Carolina women have died at the hands of current or former lovers than the number of Palmetto State soldiers killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars combined. It's a […]
Passage of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) should be among the top priorities of the lame-duck congressional session, say women's rights advocates who held a “National Day of Action” in support of the bill yesterday. With President Barack Obama winning a second term last week, and Congress turning its attention away from the election cycle, groups pushing for reauthorization of VAWA—which expired in 2010 and has been in congressional limbo ever since—warn that without swift action the bill could […]