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Get That Life: How I’m Helping Domestic Violence Victims Every Day from Cosmopolitan, 05/23/2015

May 25th, 2016 No comments

img-icon-newsSince 2014, Jones, 39, has been the CEO of the National Domestic Violence Hotline, the nation’s leading resource for victims of domestic abuse. The center fields more than 1,000 calls, emails, and texts a day from men and women seeking help or advice. The work is constant, draining, and emotionally enveloping. But Jones says that’s how she knows she’s doing her job. “The day I stop crying, it’s time for me to move on,” she says.

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Systematic transformation needed to address sexual violence from The Jakarta Post, 05/20/2016

May 23rd, 2016 No comments

img-icon-newsExperts have called for systemic transformation at judicial, education and community levels to address sexual violence, which has gripped the nation’s attention as more and more cases come to light.

There are three key areas to focus on: judicial, education and social services.

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Moves to define ‘consent’ in cases of sexual violence Irish Examiner, 05/21/2016

May 23rd, 2016 No comments

img-icon-newsThe issue of consent in cases of sexual violence is a major grey area in Irish law as there is no statutory definition for it.

“Introducing a statutory definition of consent is a matter which is under review in the department,” a spokeswoman from the Department of Justice told the Irish Examiner.

This news follows the publication of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill 2015, which referred to consent but failed to define it. As it stands, there is only a reference to consent in Irish law.

The department spokeswoman said: “Section 9 of the Criminal Law (Rape) (Amendment) Act 1990 confirms that the failure to offer resistance does not amount to consent. Otherwise, the issue of what is or is not consent has been developed through case law. The courts have confirmed that consent requires voluntary agreement by a person at the age of consent and with the necessary mental capacity.”

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The emergency of sexual violence against children in Indonesia from The Jarakta Post, 05/16/2016

May 23rd, 2016 No comments

img-icon-newsThe recent cases of sexual violence against children that have emerged in several areas across Indonesia, has raised a question in our mind: What has happened to Indonesia’s morals?

The Indonesian government has made addressing violence against children a priority in its policy agenda. It is also committed to making significant progress in protecting Indonesian children from all forms of violence.

As one of its key measures, Indonesia has adopted the National Strategy to End Violence against Children and the Child Protection National Action Plan, which gives a comprehensive framework to prevent and respond to violent incidents. UNICEF says this framework is critical to ensure the protection of children whether they are at school, home or in public spaces. It is expected that the framework will help Indonesia achieve its Sustainable Development Goals, especially Goal 16.2: Ending violence against children by 2030.

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Rainbow communities struggle to find help for domestic violence from stuff.co.nz, 05/23/2016

May 23rd, 2016 No comments

img-icon-newsThe Hohou Te Rongo Kahukura – Outing Violence report, funded by It’s Not Okay, included a survey about experiences of violence and a series of community hui, from Whangarei to Dunedin, which asked Rainbow communities what they needed.

Dickson said the findings showed people in Rainbow communities didn’t know where to go for help because they felt current domestic violence and sexual abuse services served heterosexual people.

The findings showed impacts of sexual violence in Rainbow communities were severe and included high rates of insomnia, nightmares, anxiety, depression, and drinking and taking drugs. Most people experienced sexual violence from their partner, but more than a third experienced sexual violence from a stranger.

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Abuse Is Abuse — Even If He Doesn’t Hit You from Huffpost Women, 05/16/2016

May 18th, 2016 No comments

img-icon-newsWhile domestic violence is often depicted as strictly physical, there are many different types of abuse that don’t result in bruises and broken bones.

But that doesn’t mean they are any less harmful.

Earlier this month, writer Zahira Kelly, who tweets under the handle @bad_dominicana, kickstarted a conversation about non-physical types of abuse with her viral hashtag #MaybeHeDoesntHitYou. The hashtag, which was primarily aimed towards women in heterosexual relationships, triggered an outpouring of stories about relationships that were abusive and dangerous, even in the absence of physical assaults.

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