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NFL to announce $10M in funding for coalition working to prevent sexual violence from USA Today, 06/28/2016

June 28th, 2016 No comments

img-icon-newsThe NFL on Tuesday will announce $10 million in funding over the next five years to a coalition of non-profit organizations working to prevent sexual violence.

The first phase of the NFL’s donation to Raliance, the coalition between the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault and the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence, will go into effect on July 1, with the awarding of 27 grants worth $50,000 each to a variety of organizations across the country and one in Guam.

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Texas Abortion Law from Sojourners, 06/27/2016

June 28th, 2016 No comments

img-icon-newsThe Supreme Court struck down Texas’ restrictive abortion laws on June 27 in one of the most important abortion-related cases in years.

The Court ruled 5-3 in the case known as Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, which served to clarify the 1992 decision Planned Parenthood v. Casey. That case concluded that while the states are free to regulate abortion, they cannot place an “undue burden” on women’s constitutional right to abortion.

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SCOTUS: Domestic Abusers Can’t Have Guns from Sojourners, 06/27/2016

June 28th, 2016 No comments

img-icon-newsThe Supreme Court ruled June 27 that the federal government can ban abusers from possessing guns.

The 6-2 ruling in Voisine v. U.S. upholds a federal law that prohibits any person convicted of a “misdemeanor crime of domestic violence” from owning a firearm.

The case was brought by two men convicted of misdemeanor assault under state law and later charged with federal crimes for possessing firearms. The plaintiffs, Stephen Voisine and William Armstrong, argued that their crimes did not count under federal statute because their crimes were reckless, not intentional or knowing.

The Court’s ruling that a reckless domestic assault counts as a domestic violence misdemeanor means that the federal law remains in place.

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Dating safety legislation from The Ledger Independent, 06/24/2016

June 27th, 2016 No comments

img-icon-newsThe 2015 Kentucky General Assembly created a new chapter of state law to establish civil orders for protection of victims of dating violence, sexual assault and stalking.

Known as Interpersonal Protective Orders, the court measures can be obtained by victims of these crimes or by an adult on behalf of a minor who qualifies. That means a parent can obtain a protection order for a son or daughter being stalked or who has experienced a violent dating situation.

This kind of protective order is long overdue and the General Assembly wisely created the new law. Before this, victims who did not have a child with the abuser or who never lived with the abuser could not get protective orders, leaving teenagers and others who experienced dating violence with little recourse.

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This researcher is developing an app to stop domestic violence attitudes in teens from Science Alert, 06/24/2016

June 27th, 2016 No comments

img-icon-newsAn Australian researcher has been designing an app aimed at 10- to 15-year-old boys, to help them create healthy relationships with their peers.

“The National Survey of Youth Attitudes reported very disturbing findings about young men’s attitudes and behaviours,” said YSF CEO, Cath Bartolo.

“Evidence shows that boys and young men are not clear on where to draw the line on what constitutes respect in relationships and what crosses the line in to harm. For example, many do not get that coercing a girl into sex is rape.”

The app will help boys talk to girls, and will give teens insight and advice about helping their friends and maintaining respectful relationships; but it also has an important undertone – putting a stop to domestic violence.

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Police officers show strong willingness to intervene when other officers commit domestic violence, Michigan News, 06/21/2016

June 27th, 2016 No comments

img-icon-newsIn 1999, as a response to the special safety concerns for victims of officers’ abuse, the International Association of Chiefs of Police created a model policy for police departments to follow. However, little research has been done on the topic.

Saunders collaborated on the study with doctoral student Stephanie Grace Prost and professor Karen Oehme of Florida State’s College of Social Work. They asked more than 1,100 police officers to respond to two case scenarios of police officers stalking or assaulting their spouses.

“Arrest became a likely response after officers were asked to imagine they witnessed a victim’s injuries and heard the victim say she’d been choked by her partner,” Saunders said.

Officers’ next most common response was to refer the offending officer for help, specifically to an employee assistance program or mental health counselor and, to a lesser extent, to the department chaplain. Prost says that such referrals are useful but raised some concerns.

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