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Anti-human trafficking Asian task force launched in Los Angeles from the Inquirer, 1/18/2016

January 19th, 2016 No comments

img-icon-newsLOS ANGELES– California has the largest number of Asian Pacific Islanders (APIs) in the country, sees the most human trafficking cases among the 50 states in the U.S., the National Human Trafficking Resource Center reported in 2014. Yet resources for API trafficking victims and survivors are limited.

In response, the Asian Pacific Policy & Planning Council (A3PCON) launched the Asian Pacific Islander Human Trafficking Task Force, which was officially announced on Wednesday, January 13, at the Thai Community Development Center (TCDC) in Los Angeles.

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Proposal Dismantles Barrier Faced by KY Domestic Violence Victims from Public News Service, 01/19/2016

January 19th, 2016 No comments

img-icon-newsFRANKFORT, Ky. – A bill filed in the Kentucky House would give victims of domestic and dating violence the ability to legally break their home or apartment lease as they leave a dangerous situation. The sponsor of House Bill 41, Rep. Joni Jenkins (D-Shively), says the legislation will be heard in the House Judiciary Committee next week.

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Know how you can easily shut down domestic violence services? Erase women in need from official statistics from Independent, 1/19/2016

January 19th, 2016 No comments

img-icon-newsSylvia Walby’s research on violence against women in the UK is devastating for three reasons: violent crime against women is on the increase; the experiences of domestic violence survivors have been erased by the way official statistics are collected and the increase in violence parallels the removal of support services.

This research would not be as revelatory as it is, had the government actually been recording violence against women accurately. Currently, the number of crimes that one individual can report to the survey is capped at five. All Sylvia Walby did was remove that cap.

Even if a woman has been assaulted by her partner five times, fifty times or five hundred times, the survey will only record five of those crimes. On a personal level, this systematically invalidates women’s experiences. On a statistical level, the experiences of “high frequency victims” – many of which are suffering domestic violence – are hugely under-reported.

The Office for National Statistics says it is necessary because otherwise the sheer number of crimes committed by perpetrators against the same individual would skew the rest of the statistics. That’s right: the harm done by perpetrators of domestic violence is so devastating that calculating it defies statistics.

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Face of domestic violence campaign says police didn’t listen from Associated Press, 1/18/2016

January 19th, 2016 No comments

img-icon-newsThe face of a Memphis domestic violence campaign says Memphis police didn’t take her situation seriously until she began appearing in a public service announcement.

Whitney Wood tells The Commercial Appeal police finally filed an aggravated assault charge against her ex-husband in November, nearly three years after she told officers he threw her into a wall and strangled her into unconsciousness in January 2013.

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Activists demand laws to protect men, kin from domestic violence from The Times of India, 01/14/2016

January 15th, 2016 No comments

img-icon-newsA recent domestic violence incident, in which a daughter-in-law was beating her mother-in-law has Indian’s advocating for more domestic violence laws and protections.

“Family laws in India protect only daughters-in-law. The reality is men and their families are also harassed by the daughters-in-law. These incidents are not even rare. Our organization has many similar complaints. As there is no law to punish such women, no action is taken against them,” said president of Save Indian Family Foundation (SIFF) Rajesh Vakharia.

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The Hundreds of Thousands of Victims of Germany’s Mass Sexual Assault from Slate, 01/12/2016

January 12th, 2016 No comments

img-icon-newsTensions in Germany have gotten exponentially worse since the disturbing wave of possibly coordinated violent assaults on women in Cologne on New Year’s Eve. Eighteen of the 31 people identified as suspects in the attacks, which included hundreds of sexual assaults and robberies, were asylum-seekers.

On Saturday, police clashed with around 1,700 protesters at a rally in the city organized by the anti-Islam group PEGIDA. Gangs have also attacked Muslims in apparently racially motivated incidents in Cologne and Leipzig. The government, meanwhile, has responded to the sexual assaults with new rules to make the deportation of foreign criminals easier.

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