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New Giffords Coalition Will Fight Gun Violence Against Women, Families

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 […]

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Reducing and Preventing Violence: Strengthening Reporting About What Works

Media coverage of violence in American society is skewed too often towards the sensational “if it bleeds, it leads” approach. While conscientious journalists make an effort to cover the debilitating effects of violent crime—particularly in low-income and vulnerable communities—deadline and newsroom pressures still leave a critically important dimension of the story unreported: What can be done—and what is working—to reduce or prevent such violence? This is a missed opportunity. Reporting that covers the solutions as well as the problems can […]

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SC Highest In Women Killed By Men; U.S. Rate Down 31% In 18 Years

More than 1,600 women were murdered by men in 2013 and the most common weapon used was a gun, says the Washington-based Violence Policy Center. The annual report was issued in advance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October. This year's study covers to 2013, the most recent year for which data is available. The study also ranks the states on the rate of women murdered by men. In 2013, South Carolina had the highest rate, followed by Alaska, New […]

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National Violent Crime Totals Steady Last Year, Survey Finds

The nation’s violent crime rate did not change significantly in 2014 compared with the previous year, the annual federal crime victimization survey found. Property crime, which includes burglary, theft, and motor vehicle theft, dropped from 131.4 victimizations per 1,000 households to 118.1 per 1,000, largely because of a decline in theft. The report is based on a survey of households and differs from compilations issued by the FBI, which are based on reports to police departments. Many big cities have […]

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TX Man Killed Ex-Girlfriend, Kids To Show He Was In Charge: Experts

Investigators may never know what David Conley was thinking when he methodically executed his former girlfriend, her husband and her six children near Houston on Saturday. Experts tell the Houston Chronicle such rage, born of power and pain, is a common thread in cases of domestic violence and is most lethal in the final throes of an abusive relationship. For at least 15 years Conley and Valerie Jackson had an on-again, off-again relationship marked by violence. He’d cut her with […]

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Texas Man Arrested In Fatal Shootings Of Six Children, Two Adults

The man accused in a murderous rampage that left six children and two adults dead in a home in Houston’s Harris County climbed through an unlocked window, restrained them and shot each one in the head, according to prosecutors, the Houston Chronicle reports. “He restrained, shot and killed eight people,” said prosecutor Celeste Byrom at a court hearing in which David Ray Conley III, 49, who is charged with capital murder, was ordered held without bail. Valerie Jackson, 40, had […]

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How to Do Field Research with Victims

Randomized control trials may be the gold standard for research, but field studies that include victims and police officers are delicate and “there are practical and ethical considerations that may exclude their use,” researchers write in this month’s edition of the the National Institute of Justice Journal. The authors, Jill Theresa Messing, Jacquelyn Campbell and Janet Sullivan Wilson, discuss their study published in March 2014 of the Lethality Assessment Program (LAP), an intervention that occurs at the scene of a […]

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