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Murder is the Second Most Likely Way for Women to Die at Work from the Washington Post, 08/27/2015

August 28th, 2015 No comments

img-icon-newsAfter car accidents, homicide is the most likely way for women to die at work, representing 21 percent of workplace deaths. Men, on the other hand, are more likely to die many other ways. Murders represent 8 percent of workplace deaths for men, preceded by car accidents, falls and contact with objects and equipment.

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Judges to get reports on offenders’ family violence history from stuff.co.nz, 08/26/2015

August 26th, 2015 No comments

img-icon-newsIn New Zealand: defendants in domestic violence cases will soon have their family violence history laid bare before judges when they are considered for bail.

The programme aims to protect victims well known to offenders in domestic violence cases from further harm.

Until now, Adams said the process was “sporadic” and it was up to the police prosecutor to put relevant information before a judge. If police decided not to oppose bail sometimes that information was not provided.

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In Human Trafficking Cases, Doctors Lack Confidence to Intervene, from take part, 08/20/2015

August 21st, 2015 No comments

img-icon-newsVictims of human trafficking are ripped from the familiarity of home and deluded into a numbing isolation. Hidden in plain sight, they are often bullied and tricked into believing their situation is normal, yet it’s inescapable. They suffer in silence, enslaved for forced labor or sex.

When the abuse results in a pregnancy or an injury that can’t be ignored, a rare instance arises: Victims directly interact with health care providers. Clinicians have the power to connect these vulnerable individuals to the resources they desperately need but are too afraid to seek independently.

Yet a vast majority of health care workers—almost 80 percent—don’t feel they have adequate knowledge to assist those victims, according to new research in the U.K.

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UN Women hope to end domestic violence in Pacific with new toolkit from Pacific Scoup, 08/09/2015

August 20th, 2015 No comments

img-icon-newsThe Pacific’s statistics of domestic violence is among the worst in the world.

To tackle the issue, UN Women has now developed and launched the first Pacific toolkit for community groups, local governments and anyone who wants to take action over the issue.

The toolkit, entitled “How to design projects to end violence against women and girls: a step-by-step guide to taking action”, was launched in Tonga on last month and is the first to be designed specifically with Pacific people in mind.

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Colleges Under Investigation for Sexual Assault Wonder What Getting It Right Looks Like from The Chronicle of Higher Educaiton, 08/11/2015

August 20th, 2015 No comments

img-icon-newsThe Education Department announced in 2010 that, under the gender-equity law known as Title IX, it was opening a compliance review of all of Ohio State’s policies and procedures related to sexual harassment and assault, allegations of which had swirled around its marching band.

Over the next four years, investigators from the department’s Office for Civil Rights made several visits to the campus, and Ohio State turned over thousands of pages of documents. Last September university and federal officials reached a resolution agreement that lays out 100 separate steps the institution must take to comply with Title IX, including about a dozen requirements of its Title IX coordinator.

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Domestic violence program launches from Carroll County Times, 07/26/2015

July 27th, 2015 No comments

img-icon-newsIn the past, hospital staff had pamphlets and cards — designed to be discreet — they could give to individuals they believed were in a domestic violence situation, but no method to determine if they were in immediate danger, according to Yingling.

“Now they know we’re asking,” she said. “Now they know we care.”

Brenda Harkavy, assistant state’s attorney and member of the county’s Special Victims Unit, said she hopes the assessments lead to more people being connected to services and fewer domestic violence cases.

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