March 30, 2008
Donating the time to bring a safe, reliable vehicle to a domestic violence victim is something Curt and Kathy Ritchey wanted to do to give back to the community....The Morning Sun
March 29, 2008
March 28, 2008
BATTERED WOMAN'S SYNDROME
"Battered Woman Syndrome" describes a pattern of psychological and behavioral symptoms found in women living
in battering relationships."
Although many people believe that the battered woman's syndrome
is the result of physical violence, there are many dimensions of violence that can result in emotional, financial, spiritual , sexual and physical abuse to the victim.
There are four general characteristics of Battered Woman's
- The woman believes that the violence was her fault.
- The woman has an inability to place the responsibility for the violence elsewhere.
- The woman fears for her life and/or her children's lives.
- The woman has an irrational belief that the abuser is omnipresent and omniscient.
THE MYTHS OF "BATTERED WOMAN'S SYNDROME"
Battered Women Are Crazy
The Batterer Is Not A Loving Partner
The Batterers Are Provoked
Battered Women Must "Like It" Or They'd Leave
Batterers Are Violent In All Of Their Relationships
Middle And Upper-Class Women Do Not Suffer Abuse As Much As Poorer Women
Alcoholism And Drug Addiction Are Major Contributors To Battering
March 26, 2008
Two months ago, she had obtained a restraining order citing concerns about Stephens’ conduct. But three days after the order was issued, a judge modified it and allowed weekend visitation by Stephens, according to police.... Police: Father Killed Self, Son At State Park - News Story - KPTV Portland
During a Jan. 22 hearing, Davis told Columbia County Judge Steve Reed that Stephens had threatened to kill her..................Despite that, Reed increased the amount of visitation granted to Stephens, allowing alternate weekend visitations. When Davis said she was concerned he might take off with the child, the judge told her the FBI would track him down, the recording revealed.... Oregon father and son, 10, dead in apparent murder-suicide KOMO-TV - Seattle, Washington Local & Regional
I really hope this wakes some people up and keeps this judge up at night, knowing that he made the decision that allowed this child to be killed.
Family Court Crisis; Our Children at Risk
2008 Family Law Documentary
As part of our ongoing effort to educate and engage the community, the Center for Judicial Excellence recently produced a 42-minute documentary addressing the serious systemic breakdown of our family courts.
Family Court Crisis: Our Children At Risk features personal testimony from individuals who have experienced the pitfalls of our family law system and expert evaluations of what has gone wrong. The video was screened on the East Coast as part of the fifth annual Battered Mothers Custody Conference on January 12, 2008. www.BatteredMothersCustodyConference.org
We are taking our efforts to Sacramento! CJE is introducing the idea of a Judicial Performance Evaluation (JPE) program for California to our State legislators. JPE programs already exist in 19 other states and are generally popular among judges and voters alike where they have been established.
Colorado and Alaska are two great examples of states with successful JPE programs. To learn more about JPEs visit the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (University of Denver) online or click here to download a one-page pdf about CJE's advocacy work.
March 25, 2008
Domestic Violence Survivor Asks International Tribunal To Hold U.S. Responsible For Human Rights Violations
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March 20, 2008
WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina | Judiciary Committee passes cockfighting bill, tables domestic violence bill
(Columbia) April 20, 2005 - The State House took up two pieces of legislation this week aimed at protecting two different groups. Up for debate was cracking down on gamecock fighting and protecting victims of domestic violence.A bill protecting cocks passed through the House Judiciary Committee. Rep. John Graham Altman (R-Dist. 119-Charleston) was in favor of the gamecock bill, "I was all for that. Cockfighting reminds me of the Roman circus, coliseum."A bill advocates say would protect victims against batterers was tabled, killing it for the year. Rep. Altman is on the committee that looked at the domestic violence bill, "I think this bill is probably drafted out of an abundance of ignorance."Wednesday, Vicki Bourus, an advocate for victims of domestic violence, was inundated with phone calls and e-mail. The people were reacting to Graham Altman's comments against the bill, "There's just an outcry going on."Both cockfighting and domestic violence are currently misdemeanor crimes, punishable by 30 days in jail. If the bill passes, cockfighting will become a felony, punishable by five years in jail. Domestic violence crimes will remain a misdemeanor.Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter (D-Dist. 66-Orangeburg) says of the two bills, "What we have said by the actions of the Judiciary Committee is we aren't going to create a felony if you beat your wife, partner. But now, if you've got some cockfighting going on, whoa! Wait a minute."Rep. Altman responds to the comparison, "People who compare the two are not very smart and if you don't understand the difference, Ms. Gormley, between trying to ban the savage practice of watching chickens trying to kill each other and protecting people rights in CDV statutes, I'll never be able to explain it to you in a 100 years ma'am."News 10 reporter Kara Gormley asked Altman, "That's fine if you feel you will never be able to explain it to me, but my question to you is: does that show that we are valuing a gamecock's life over a woman's life?"Altman again, "You're really not very bright and I realize you are not accustomed to this, but I'm accustomed to reporters having a better sense of depth of things and you're asking this question to me would indicate you can't understand the answer. To ask the question is to demonstrate an enormous amount of ignorance. I'm not trying to be rude or hostile, I'm telling you."Gormley, "It's rude when you tell someone they are not very bright."Altman, "You're not very bright and you'll just have to live with that."In the follow-up interview, Rep. Altman commented, "I wanted to offend that snippy reporter who come in here on a mission. She already had the story and she came in with some dumb questions and I don't mind telling people when they ask dumb questions."Rep. Cobb-Hunter says, "The reality is the law says domestic violence regardless, first, second or third offense is a misdemeanor, and what they passed yesterday says cockfighting is a felony."Rep. Altman spoke about domestic violence, "There ought not to be a second offense. The woman ought to not be around the man. I mean you women want it one way and not another. Women want to punish the men, and I do not understand why women continue to go back around men who abuse them. And I've asked women that and they all tell me the same answer, John Graham you don't understand. And I say you're right, I don't understand."Gormley, "So it's their fault for going back?"Altman, "Now there you go, trying to twist that too. And I don't mind you trying. It's not the woman's fault, it's not blaming the victim, but tell me what self respecting person is going back around someone who beats them?"Bourus says there a number of reasons, "She may have children with that person, and she may fear that it will harm them to live without their dad, or she is majorly financially dependent on his check to feed her children."Bourus adds another reason women sometimes stay, "After an incident a violent incident, quite often the batterer will say I'm so sorry, it will never happen again."Rep. Altman has worked with abused women, and in a second interview with a Lowcountry station he said he tells them not to go back, and when he does, "They listen to me, they don't don't go back."When asked whether he was sure, he said, "At least not while I'm representing her."During the same interview, he responded to the reporter's question, "You seem to be drawn to this fixation that women have to go back. I don't think that speaks highly of women. I think women can think and be responsible for their own actions. Woman are not some toys out there, drawn back to the magnet of the man. A lot of these men are bums and cretins and they have to be punished but I think women are independent enough to not go back to the men who beat them. And we have a lot of men who are abused by women, but they are too ashamed to admit it."Rep. Cobb-Hunter explained her bill, "The question that needs to be asked is this. Should a woman because she decides to go back for whatever the reason to return to an abusive relationship, does that mean it's okay to beat her, to kill her, for her to lose her life, for her children to witness the violence they witness?"Rep. Altman, "I know you are after a story. And it's kind of a nice story, that we've tabled a CDV bill. Because then you can talk about the insensitive man, the insensitive legislator, but it's not the case. But I don't know why a woman, there would ever be a second offense."Cobb-Hunter admits there was a lot of information in the bill, which she co-sponsored, but she is already working on breaking it down, "One of the things I've learned, having been here as long as I have, is that if at first you don't succeed, try, try again."Rep. Altman spoke out against a number of items in the bill, including dealing with restraining orders and training judges, "Clearly this bill is drawn by people who don't know what is going on out there."Rep. Altman doesn't agree with the training, "What are you going to tell a family court judge that a family court judge doesn't already know about domestic violence?"Vicki Bourus helped draft the bill, and what she calls a key item in it, the training of family court judges and magistrates, "There is very little if any training in domestic violence for them on a mandatory basis."Bourus says, "You may know that many magistrates are not trained as attorneys so they wouldn't even have that piece of it that attorneys might get."Speaker David Wilkins issued the following statement Wednesday regarding this story, "Criminal Domestic Violence (CDV) and animal cruelty are both critical issues that this body takes very seriously. The House is working diligently to improve the language on the CDV bill and pass meaningful legislation. That is our goal. In its present form, the bill has a number of legal and technical problems that would have made it very difficult to pass. We intend to fix those problems and get a bill to the floor of the House."While Bourus doesn't agree with what Graham Altman has to say, she is happy that people are starting to talk about the issue of domestic violence, "Is Graham Altman alone in his way of thinking? Oh, no, no, no. I think he's a very vocal rep, resistant to really seeing domestic violence as the serious crime that it is, but we know that sentiment is runs throughout the House and Senate as well. But we also know there are some very valiant allies."Wednesday, Rep. Altman told the Lowcountry television station that he didn't mean to offend victims of domestic violence, but had no apology for the interview.Cobb-Hunter plans to reintroduce the bill in January. If you want to voice your opinion on these bills, you can call the House Judiciary Committee at (803) 734-3120. Rep. Altman's office phone number is (803) 734-2947 and you can contact Rep. Cobb-Hunter's office at (803) 734-2809 or you can email Cobb-Hunter at email@example.comReported by Kara GormleyWIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina | Judiciary Committee passes cockfighting bill, tables domestic violence bill
Group Targets High Domestic Violence RatePosted by familydynamics on February 1, 2008The Community Alliance Against Interpersonal Violence has been meeting monthly in a room of the Noisette Building to try to combat alarming domestic abuse statistics in South Carolina. The state of South Carolina is ranked seventh in the United States for incidents of domestic violence. And from 1991 to 2004, Charleston County had the greatest number of domestic violence victims in the state.The group’s newest venture has been to disseminate petitions across the Charleston area in support of a U.S. Senate bill that would establish a domestic violence volunteer attorney network to represent domestic violence victims. Petitions have been posted at the College of Charleston, The Citadel, Trident Tech, City of Charleston Police Department, My Sister’s House and to area businesses in Mount Pleasant and West Ashley.Once signatures are collected, the petitions will be presented to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Copies will also be given to Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; state Sen. Glenn McConnell, R-Charleston; State Attorney General Henry McMasters; and Vicki Bourus, executive director of the S.C. Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.The Senate bill introduced by Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., would allow the attorney general to award grants to the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence to work with other organizations to recruit lawyers who would help victims pro bono. If the bill is approved, the U.S. Department of Justice would establish a pilot network in five states. Alliance committee members hope South Carolina’s domestic violence statistics and Graham’s position on the Senate Judiciary Committee will help make the case that South Carolina should be one of the five.Anyone interested in the petition may contact Crises Assistance Response and Education by calling 953-3390 and asking for a CARE team member. The Community Alliance Against Interpersonal Violence will hold its next meeting from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 4 in the Noisette Building, 1360 Truxtun Ave., North Charleston.Group Targets High Domestic Violence Rate « Family Corruption In The Big Easy
March 19, 2008
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Violence Against Women on the Internet
A New England woman planned to escape her violent husband. She secretly found a new home for herself and her 2 daughters and she sent an email to a friend asking for help moving. She thought she had deleted the email, though it sat in her email program's "deleted mail folder". Her husband found the email, learned that she was planning to flee for safety, and he killed her. __________________________________________________________________
In the previous modules, we looked at ways the Internet perpetuates violence against women, as well as ways that the Internet can be used to fight violence against women. In this module, we consider the question of safety planning for victims using the Internet. This question has the potential to either harm or help victims depending on how well informed the advocates advising the victim are. The purpose of this Module is to educate the participants on these critical, and non-obvious issues surrounding safety planning for victims.
Increased access is making technology an important resource for victims of domestic violence. However, if not understood and used strategically, technology may increase their danger. Most victims of abuse do not know how to safely navigate technology resources to access help without increasing their risk of further abuse.
There has been explosive growth in domestic violence organizations creating web presences. To get one snapshot of the increase of domestic violence organizations on the web, Jerry Finn from the University of New Hampshire looked at the number of websites indexed as "domestic violence" by Hotbot.com. One of Finn's articles, Domestic Violence Organizations Online: Risks, Ethical Dilemmas, and Liability Issues, is posted HERE.
Survivors of abuse are accessing the Internet to request help and resources. In one brief study looking at emails sent between October 1999 and September 2000, victims of abuse sent 153 unsolicited email requests to the Violence Against Women Online Resources (Kranz, 2001).
Many local, state, and national domestic violence websites have email links with limited or no warnings.
ACCESS TO INFORMATION
As more records become available by a simple Internet search, victims of abuse are at greater risk. If is becoming very difficult to relocate to a new community and hide from a batterer. Land records are available online in many communities with maps to the house. Online "white pages" allow you to search for phone numbers and often provide driving directions to the house. A "Stalker's Home Page" shows how much information is available on the Internet: HERE.
Beth Givens of the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse outlines some privacy concerns about open records in her article written for a presentation at the 2002 Computers, Freedom, and Privacy Conference. Public Records on the Internet: The Privacy Dilemma
Many domestic violence websites are developing their own Interent Warnings or linking to the American Bar Association's site. The existing warnings neglect to fully discuss "SpyWare" and potentially give the impression that "merely" deleting history and cache will prevent an abuser from discovering a victim's online activities. However, Australia's City of Fremantle has one of the best sites I have seen: Domestic Violence: Hiding Your Tracks On-line including step-by-step instructions and a glossary of terms.
Cynthia Fraser at the National Electronic Network on Violence Against Women (VAWnet) has compiled a list of some of the Internet warnings currently available: HERE.
• American Bar Association: How an Abuser can Discover Your Internet Activities
CINDY SOUTHWORTH'S BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
I have been working to end Violence Against Women for the past 10 years at local, state, and national organizations -- and focusing on Domestic Violence Technology Projects for the past 4 years. I am advocate by passion, social worker by training, and techie by birth.
I am working with the
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
National Network to End Domestic Violence Fund
National Safe and Strategic Technology Project.
This online Safety Module is an opportunity for activists from around the globe to share ideas and stories about Internet safety -- and help shape the scope of our emerging national technology project. I feel privileged to have this discussion with you. Please add your voice to the discussion board and/or contact me at: Safety@EscapeAbuse.org
Keosha Spikes, a member of the sorority, was killed Jan. 25 by her boyfriend, who later killed himself.
Tonya Major, a UL nursing student, was killed Feb. 10 by the father of her 1-year-old son.The president of the Theta Xi chapter, Sheraya Bernard, said the forum was designed to pay tribute to the two victims and "to educate the public on how prevalent domestic violence is in this community."
According to Billi Lacombe, executive director of Faith House, the forum is the start of an ongoing dialogue on the campus about domestic violence.
It is a critical problem throughout the state. In 2000, Louisiana ranked as the fifth worst state in the nation in the frequency of men murdering women. The 2007 report by the Violence Policy Center shows that things have worsened. Louisiana now ranks third worst in the nation for men killing women.
The effects of deadly domestic violence reach far beyond the victim. Of immense concern is the effect of violence in the home on children. The Violence Policy Center says such children are four times more likely to become violent juvenile offenders and to commit or suffer violence when they reach adulthood.
If human concern is not sufficient motivation, then the impact on all of us as citizens and taxpayers should be considered. Caring for battered women is a significant burden on taxpayers. According to a 2006 study by the Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center at the Medical University of South Carolina, women who are battered have more than twice the health-care needs and costs as those who are never battered. They are disproportionately represented among the homeless and suicide victims. All of this has an impact on the state's public-health system and social services system.
We can help through generous support of Faith House, which offers shelter for abused women; Lafayette's Family Violence Intervention Program, which is working toward a system of education and abuser accountability that will interrupt the cycle of domestic violence; Stuller Place; and other organizations in Acadiana that are engaged in the battle.
People who know of cases of spousal abuse can learn from these agencies the most effective ways to support the victim. Then they can, and should, get involved.
We can also demand that all law-enforcement officers are trained to deal with spousal abuse.
There are things we can do that may help ease the suffering of innocent women and children and reduce the potential for senseless destruction of human life. It is imperative that we try.
09:35 AM CDT on Saturday, March 15, 2000By RICHARD ABSHIRE / The Dallas Morning News
But Brandy Walker knows the signs – and she's made it her personal
mission to spread the word on how to identify those who victimize
line of defense," Ms. Walker said recently after finishing a Stewards
of Children train-the-trainer seminar given by the Dallas Children's
10-year-old son, a 14-year-old daughter, and a full-time job with a
consulting firm, makes the time to speak to groups throughout Kaufman
County about protecting children from sexual abuse.
Most abusers are friends or family members. People who prey on children
– mostly men – usually rely on charm and guile to get close to their
romance a single parent and feign a wholesome interest in the child.
They volunteer to help supervise or entertain kids in the family,
informally or by acting as coaches or counselors in youth-oriented
pornography to inappropriate touching to sex. It's all criminal, and
too often goes unreported.
Carolina-based organization that provides training materials on
preventing and reacting to child sexual abuse, cites a study by the
Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault at the University of
Texas at Austin that found that 9 percent of female Texans were
assaulted before the age of 14.
the group found that embarrassment is the most common reason children
do not report abuse and that a close relationship to the offender makes
prompt reporting less likely.
may show physical signs – bruises or bleeding, for example. Or their
behavior may change: They may withdraw or act out. Children who have
stopped bed-wetting may regress.
"There's a way to teach this where it's not intimidating," she said.
"It's empowering. It's telling people it's OK to say 'no.' "
Armed with knowledge, children who are abused are more likely to
recognize that it is wrong and report it to parents, teachers or other
Department for its support of her efforts and for the job it does
keeping track of registered sex offenders.
Francis, a spokesman for the department, said that local cases have
followed national patterns. Victims tend to be easily accessible to
offenders, who often live in the home or have close associations with
the victim's family.
Two child sexual abuse cases are pending in the county, according to
Sgt. Francis. One involves alleged possession of child pornography by a
teacher. The other involves child porn and assault allegations against
a registered sex offender.
guilty to indecency and assault on his stepdaughter. Another, found
guilty of sexually abusing his granddaughters, was sentenced to four
99-year prison terms.
At the Stewards of Children training session, Anne Ferguson of the
Dallas Children's Advocacy Center led discussions based on material
provided by Darkness to Light.
session was designed to prepare attendees to make presentations to
groups – churches, sports teams and leagues, schools, parents, service
organizations, homeowners associations, Scouts and even licensing
boards – "anybody that works with kids."
"I felt like this can totally, dramatically improve my ministry at the
orphanage," said Sara Salguero, a house parent at a Guatemalan
orphanage. "I see the results of [abuse] every day."
material includes philosophical principles and practical tools, but Ms.
Ferguson told the class that what mattered most was commitment.
"The most important ingredient of your success as a facilitator is to
know what you are passionate about," she said. "Always go back to why
you do it – for the safety of children."
March 16, 2008
"If they're paying for a story based on someone beating up somebody else it's sleazy and it goes back to the fact that most people think that it's not criminal," she said.
"It undermines all these people who work in family violence who are trying to reassure women that it's not normal and it is criminal.".... Carey 'sleazy' deal outrage Herald Sun
For those who do not know who this is.... Wayne Carey
Although it is not really that important WHO he is, it is the fact that a women's magazine would pay for an interview with him and his girlfriend, that he has abused, to discuss their drug usage and the abuse......just sick!
In Gov. John Baldacci’s current budget proposal state funding for domestic violence projects is eliminated.... Budget cuts endanger domestic violence programs
Shepherd, executive director of the Family Violence Project in Augusta, said all nine of the state's domestic-violence programs might close -- not because... What anti-violence budget cuts will look like
The budget makers in Augusta and Washington must have lost their minds....Cuts to domestic violence programs make bad budget
March 15, 2008
March 14, 2008
Washington -- March 13, 2008 -- The Inter-American Development Bank announced today the approval of a US$24.5 million loan to Trinidad and Tobago for a citizen security program to reduce crime and violence.
The operation will focus in 22 high crime pilot communities through the financing of preventive interventions addressing the most proximal and modifiable risk factors. The program will include community action, support to the police services and the institutional strengthening of the Ministry of National Security.
“The program will contribute to the decrease in the rate of homicides, robberies and wounding in partner communities and will increase the perception of safety in the partner communities,” said IDB team leader Jorge Lamas. “It will also reduce injuries related to firearms, child maltreatment, domestic violence and youth violence; and increase the collective efficacy to prevent violence”.
The loan is for a 20-year term, with a 6 year grace period at an adjustable interest rate. Local counterpart financing will total US$10.5 million. The Ministry of National Security will carry out the program.
IDB approves US$24.5 million loan for citizen security program in Trinidad and Tobago
Read the story.
Way to go!
UPDATED: 7:03 am EDT March 14, 2008
Read the story.
A father forcing his children while on visitation to kill the family cat, because he wanted them to learn how to kill! The children's grandparents have custody of the children, a 7 year old daughter and 11 year old son....where's mom?
March 12, 2008
"Restraining order are rarely going to work on someone who is bent on breaking the law," said 9th Circuit Solicitor Scarlet Wilson.
Wilson says electronic monitoring devices are the best option for suspects awaiting trial for domestic violence......
Can Domestic Violence Victims Be Protected Live 5 News Local News
March 9, 2008
Video by: doves4luv on YouTube
Political Activist Appears In Court On Domestic Violence Complaint - News Story - WRC Washington
Oh, I'm sure that no matter what he did his answer would have been the same, because he KNEW he would be exonerated! What a crock.....
State police looking for escaped domestic violence suspect
March 6, 2008
Excerpts from the article:
Brown said she had no idea that Johnson had a history of domestic violence cases involving former girlfriends and boyfriends dating to 1999. In 2004, a D.C. Superior Court judge ordered Johnson to attend a domestic violence program. But she failed to show up for several classes and was kicked out, court records show.
On Aug. 13, Brown sought a protective order against Johnson, which a judge granted. Prosecutors also charged Johnson with misdemeanor assault.
Johnson appeared for a hearing on the assault charge Sept. 8 and was ordered to return to D.C. Superior Court two days later. But she didn't show up, records show, and a warrant for her arrest was issued.
Prosecutors said that Johnson surprised Brown at 12:15 a.m. Sept. 25 near the Safeway store in the 1700 block of Columbia Road NW. As Brown bent over to pull a newspaper out of a vending machine, Johnson walked up, raised her right arm and fired a gun at Brown's neck from a foot away, prosecutors said.
'Extraordinarily Brutal' Crime Draws 28-Year Term - washingtonpost.com
March 5, 2008
Mayor Seeks Same-Sex Domestic Violence Protections - March 5, 2008 - The New York Sun
Witherspoon Lends Star Power To Fight Domestic Violence - Forbes.com
National Alliance For Family Court Justice, founded in 1993 by Elisabeth
Richards of Annandale,Virginia, is an international group of volunteers
dedicated to addressing system failure in the courts and social
services resulting in retaliation against non-offending parents who complain
of family abuse, especially mothers of children who disclose sexual abuse.
NAFCJ activists are dedicated to creating synergy
and power through networking and lobbying for change for those caught up in the
vast web of custody corruption involving such court chicanery as political pork
barrel cronyism, guardian ad litem kickbacks, fraudulent psychological testing
by GAL appointed evaluators and local Bar Associations who run MCLE seminars
with judges (Mandatory Continuing Legal Education) concealing contributions
"coffee and flower" slush funds through County Court Judicial Associations.
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY) - Break the silence, make the call.
The National Domestic ViolenceNational Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY) - Break the silence, make the call.
Break the Silence, Make the Call
Get Help! Get Educated!
We believe that every caller deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. We believe that every family deserves to live in a world free from violence. We believe that safe homes and safe families are the foundation of a safe society.Until the violence stops, the hotline will continue to answer…One Call at a Time. Help is available to callers 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Hotline advocates are available for victims and anyone calling on their behalf to provide crisis intervention, safety planning, information and referrals to agencies in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Assistance is available in English and Spanish with access to more than 140 languages through interpreter services. If you or someone you know is frightened about something in your relationship, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224.
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The bill needs more legislative support! Tell your senator that ending violence against women is a priority....
NOW - Put Volunteer Attorneys to Work for Domestic Violence Survivors
March 4, 2008
To read about the four deaths that lead up to this....
Four women killed in domestic violence murders in Spain
Congress.org - Send a Video Advocacy Message to Congress!
KENNEWICK, Wash.-- Domestic Violence Services of Benton and Franklin Counties is looking for volunteers. DVS will start their volunteer training on Saturday March 8th......
KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA Domestic Violence Services Looking For Volunteers
March 3, 2008
KOIN News 6 for Local News Weather and Sports, Portland, OR; KOIN.com - Crime Stoppers: Domestic Violence Suspect