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Can Abusers Break Their Patterns?

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, […]

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'Till Death Do Us Part'

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 […]

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VAWA in the Crosshairs

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 […]

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Violence at Work

Seventeen percent of occupational fatalities could be attributed to workplace violence in 2011, according to the infographic, which is based on statistics compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Women were twice as likely as men to be the victim of homicide in the workplace. Occupational fatalities increased 18 percent in the 20 to 24 age range in 2011. See the graphic below:

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Message to Congress: Stop Stalling on VAWA

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) has forever transformed and improved our nation's response to domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking. But vital legislation to expand its provisions is now stalled in Congress. As a result of VAWA, victims are safer, and more perpetrators are held accountable. Since its initial passage in 1994, more victims report domestic violence to the police. The rate of non-fatal intimate partner violence against women has decreased by 53%; the number of individuals […]

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Addressing the Abuser

Parenting groups for men who have battered women should focus as much on hostility to women as they do on father-child relationships, according to a new paper from the National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women. The paper notes that parenting interventions for men who batter should include reflection on intergenerational patterns of violence, emphasis on teaching that the abuse of a child's mother is also harmful to the child and program content that addresses the need for accountability […]