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Seeking the truth and protecting the vulnerable in Anchorage’s domestic violence court from Alaska Dispatch News, 09/19/2016

September 22nd, 2016 No comments

img-icon-newsSuzanne Cole started her early summer day behind a stack of purple folders, in a small Anchorage office surrounded by shelves of folders. To get to the office, she had to walk through a room with more shelves filled with thousands and thousands of purple folders — most representing an Alaskan’s accusation of domestic violence against another, and the rest for stalking.

All are requests for protection.

Cole has 19 years of experience at this high-emotion, high-drama job and is currently Anchorage’s most experienced magistrate judge handling protective orders in a city where about four out of every 10 women have experienced violence at the hands of an intimate partner.

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More than 1,600 Women Murdered by Men in One Year, New Study Finds from the Violence Policy Center, 09/20/2016

September 21st, 2016 No comments

img-icon-newsThis annual VPC report is being released in advance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October. The study uses 2014 data, the most recent year for which information is available.

The study also ranks the states on the rate of women murdered by men. In 2014, Alaska had the highest rate, followed by Louisiana, Nevada, Oklahoma, and South Carolina. (A list of the 10 states with the highest rates of women murdered by men follows below.)

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‘It’s never too late to be all you can be’: Domestic violence campaigner Rosie Batty partners with make up brand Lancôme for new ‘Love Your Age’ project from DailyMail, 09/17/2016

September 21st, 2016 No comments

img-icon-newsRosie Batty, whose son Luke was murdered by his own father at cricket practice, has partnered with make up brand Lancôme for a new campaign.

The 2015 Australian of the Year is the face of the Love Your Age campaign and is the first Australian to front a commercial for the brand.

The campaign will help raise awareness of domestic violence – a cause that Ms Batty has championed since her son was killed in 2014.

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Domestic violence: Where you can find help from ABC10, 09/19/2016

September 21st, 2016 No comments

img-icon-newsDomestic violence is more than just an issue people hear about,  it’s something many Americans have to deal with every day.

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence(NCADV) has made a concerted effort in focusing on preventing abuse keeping people aware of the issue.

Sacramento County has many different outreach programs, like My Sister’s House and WEAVE, whose primary goal is providing services for those in need.

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Lawmakers seek solutions to inconsistent police data on domestic violence from the Denver Channel, 09/18/2016

September 20th, 2016 No comments

img-icon-newsDenver7 spent months requesting and analyzing records from more than a dozen law enforcement agencies — large and small — across Colorado, seeking to calculate arrest rates on calls of domestic violence and domestic unrest.

The state’s domestic violence law mandates an arrest when probable cause demonstrates a crime has been committed. The key phrase, “probable cause,” gives officers discretion to walk away from a domestic call without arresting anyone if there is no physical evidence or eyewitness statements to corroborate allegations of abuse.

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Martinsburg police program to serve domestic-violence victims from Herald Mail Media, 09/20/2016

September 20th, 2016 No comments

img-icon-newsThe Martinsburg Police Department recently created a program designed to identify and better serve victims of domestic violence while reducing the time that patrol officers spend responding to repeat calls.

Officer Teresa Gibbons, who recently was named the police department’s domestic-violence liaison officer, already has started her work to provide new opportunities for victims of abusive relationships.

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