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National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, 2016 – A Presidential Document, from Federal Register, 01/29/2016

February 3rd, 2016 No comments

img-icon-newsA Proclamation

Teen dating violence is a serious violation that can affect a young person’s safety, development, and sense of comfort. Perpetrated by a current or past intimate partner, dating violence takes many forms, including physical, sexual, or emotional abuse, and can occur in person or through electronic communication and social media. Violent dating relationships can lead to depression, anxiety, drug and alcohol use, and thoughts of suicide, and victims may continue to experience detrimental effects throughout their lives. During National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, we recognize the urgency needed in addressing this problem and recommit to preventing it by educating our youth about its dangers and consequences, and reaffirm the basic human right to be free from violence and abuse.

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New Algerian law punishes violence against women from StarTribune, 02/02/2016

February 2nd, 2016 No comments

img-icon-newsALGIERS, Algeria — A new Algerian law has come into effect this week punishing violence against women and sexual harassment, in a victory for feminist groups that had fought for years for the legislation.

The law took effect Monday after being blocked by the Senate for eight months amid resistance from conservative Muslims who view it as interference in family affairs.

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Q&A: David Morrison warns Australia against complacency on domestic violence from the Guardian, 02/01/2016

February 2nd, 2016 No comments

img-icon-newsMorrison appeared on ABC’s Q&A program on Monday night along with Guardian Australia’s Indigenous affairs editor, Stan Grant; director of emergency at St Vincent’s hospital, Gordian Fulde; the director of the Sydney Story Factory, Catherine Keenan, and young Australian of the Year finalist Manal Younus.

[When] Asked about statistics that purported to show the number of incidents of reported domestic violence had fallen, Morrison said: “We are as a society becoming more aware of, I think, the greatest social challenge we face, and that is domestic violence in this country.”

He rejected the claims about the statistics, and said: “Get real Australia. We run the risk at times of being a nation of bystanders comforted by a set of statistics.

“Let me tell you, there are people dying, and people whose lives are absolutely ruined as a result of domestic violence. And what’s more, we are all as a society, the victim. That’s bullshit.”

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Bill would protect animals in domestic violence situations from KTUU, 02/01/2016

February 2nd, 2016 No comments

img-icon-newsDemocratic Rep. Max Gruenberg helped draft the bill and fielded questions from members of the committee as he outlined proposed changes to the bill. Included in those changes was expansion of the definition of “essential personal items” in domestic violence situations to include pets. The bill would allow victims of domestic violence to retrieve pets as a personal item.

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Mongolia looks to Alaska for help handling domestic violence from KNOM, 01/28/2016

January 29th, 2016 No comments

img-icon-newsWhen it comes to this issue, the two places have a lot in common. That’s according to Tuvshinjargal Gantumur, a psychologist and manager at the National Center Against Violence in Mongolia. Through a translator, she said the similarities between Alaska and Mongolia are what made the delegation eager to take this “study trip.”

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Hotel-motel industry enlisted in the fight against human trafficking frin WOWT News, 01/27/2016

January 29th, 2016 No comments

img-icon-newsStatistics show that 74 percent of sex trafficking happens in rented lodging.

Tricia Freeman with the Sarpy County Attorney’s Office said they have been contacted by motels that became aware of suspicious activity, “so whatever it looks like on any given day, we’re committed,” to the effort to halt these crimes.

Chief Schmaderer said he’s optimistic about getting compliance from the hotels in this campaign. He said, “I don’t know why you would want to be the hotel that’s known as the human trafficking place to go.”

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