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.
Officer Houston Largo was killed answering a domestic violence call. Tribal officers patrol the rural roads alone. That can leave them without backup during a life-or-death situation, especially in circumstances where the nearest fellow officer is more than an hour away.
People with misdemeanor domestic violence convictions are barred from buying firearms, but records for background checks are incomplete. States have tripled the number of such records in the last eight years.
Women and girls in eight of the world’s richest countries are experiencing levels of violent deaths as high as, or higher than, men, according to a Swiss study published to coincide with a UN campaign against gender-based violence.
As the only domestic violence resource in a county of half a million people, the Montgomery County, Tx., Women’s Center was repeatedly filled to capacity over the summer and continues to struggle with demand for nonresidential services that have risen by more than a third since last year, reports the Houston Chronicle. Calls to its domestic violence hotline have jumped 20 percent, and there is no end in sight. With more people seeking shelter and counseling services, it’s a fight […]
Thousands of domestic violence victims in Dallas aren’t getting the help they need even as the city prioritizes the issue, says a new report quoted by the Dallas Morning News. Mayor Mike Rawlings will present the findings today as he asks the Dallas City Council to authorize more yearly reports on domestic violence. “The question is, how are we going to get better?” he said. The University of Texas at Dallas' Institute for Urban Policy Research volunteered to study domestic […]
In New York City on any given night, almost 15,000 adults and children are homeless due to abuse by an intimate partner. Since October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and November is National Homelessness Awareness Month, it's an ideal time to reflect upon the connection between domestic violence and homelessness. Family homelessness is a growing problem nationwide—with more families living doubled up, in cars and vans, motels, and shelters, and a significant portion of the family homeless population is […]
Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), who was shot and seriously wounded in 2011, plans a new initiative to address gun violence against women and families, reports USA Today. The Women's Coalition for Common Sense has an advisory committee that includes former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman, former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, and actresses Connie Britton and Alyssa Milano. Giffords is hosting a “Domestic Violence Awareness Summit” in Washington on Wednesday. Giffords survived an […]
A survey of female victims of partner violence has found that 25 percent of them would not call law enforcement for assistance. The survey, published today by the National Domestic Violence Hotline, included women who had already reported a domestic violence incident to police but said they would not call them in the future. More than half of the respondents–including those who did not oppose calling authorities for help—agreed with a survey statement that reaching out to law enforcement “would […]
An Okaloosa County, Fl., Sheriff’s deputy was killed yesterday, reportedly gunned down from behind by a man the county sheriff called a “sick little coward,” the Pensacola News Journal reports. Bill Myers, 64, had served a domestic violence injunction to Joel Dixon Smith, 33, when Smith shot him in the back multiple times and in the head once, Okaloosa County Sheriff Larry Ashley said. Smith retreated to a hotel room in Niceville. The hotel was evacuated, and after about 90 […]