To all those struggling… may we find justice! It’s an attitude thing… to not give up in the progress of obtaining laws across the U.S. that are focused upon protection of all domestic violence victims and survivors.
Have a great day!!
Memo from the Coalition of Women Prisoners about and in support of the Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act (A.7874-A/S.5436)
We received this recently to add to our blog site about this law being presented in the Courts. What is particularly interesting to note, besides the attempt to have alternative sentencing for (verified) victims of domestic violence to be considered who have committed crimes against the abuser, it also denotes specifically psychological abuse as well, which seems to be left out of many legislation about domestic violence oftentimes.
Let us know your thoughts on the DV Survivors Justice Act.
(You may need to double click on the link below to see the actual memo sent to us.) Thanks!
Women who are working hard to keep our country safe are being victimized at alarming rates. The Department of Defense estimated that 19,000 service members were raped or assaulted in 2009. Furthermore, the Pentagon detailed a 58.5 percent increase in reported sexual assaults at service academies in 2011. While we commend the brave women who are taking a stand in military schools and the active ranks, too few are coming forward: according to the DOD only 13.5 percent of assaults were reported.
This article on stalking is authored by Paul E. Mullen, M.B.B.S., D.Sc., and Michele Pathý, M.B.B.S. | April 1, 2001.
More Like This Stalking: The Veiled Epidemic
“Stalking” is defined as repeated and persistent unwanted communications and/or approaches that produce fear in the victim.
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I used to live in this town with my ex-husband and four children. My ex, a domestic violence felon in possession of nine counts of illegal guns and ammunition was “set free” by Sheriff Chuck Jenkins without so much of a warrant or indictment. Upon confiscating the weapons on April 22, 2011 after eight months of my initial complaint, I was informed that no warrant was obtained; that the guns were retrieved by the sheriff’s “ATF liason”; that NO report would be filed; that no charges were pressed; and that Sheriff does not intend to pursue the matter any further.
Yes, really. Domestic violence is no longer a crime in the city of Topeka. And – like so many bizarre and dangerous decisions being made around the country these days – it’s because of the budget.
Topeka’s city council found itself unable to come up with the money to prosecute those charged with domestic violence, a budget shortfall of about $1 million for the upcoming year.
Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women – more than car accidents, muggings, and rape combined. And studies suggest that up to ten (10) million children witness some form of domestic abuse annually. Everyone has a right to be safe.
Research data indicates that when different members of the community coordinated their efforts to protect battered women and hold batterers accountable, these efforts were more successful.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched the first findings from The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS) on December 14th, 2011 and is available online. The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS) is an ongoing, nationally representative survey that assesses experiences of sexual violence, stalking, and intimate partner violence among adult women and men in the United States.
A survivor speaks out about teen dating violence in the famous TedTalks series.
March 9th 2010
Ohio Senate Passes Dating Violence Protection Bill
Ohio Senators have unanimously passed a House bill that would allow juvenile courts to issue protection orders for minors in dating relationships.
The Ohio House of Representatives is expected to concur Wednesday. The legislation would then go to Gov. Ted Strickland, who is expected to sign it.
The bill was inspired in part by the plight of Cleveland teen Johanna Orozco, who was shot in the face by her 17-year-old ex-boyfriend in 2007 has had numerous operations. Orozco wanted to get a protection order, but Ohio juvenile courts cannot issue them against minors.
An advocacy group said in a national survey last year that only a handful of states have laws enabling minors the same protection order rights as adults.
This was Ohio in 2010! It’ll be interesting to follow-up with them to see how effective the law has changed since then.
As we look at the cute couples in High School you would never think that 1 and 5 teens that have been in a serious relationship report being hit, slapped or pushed by a partner. This is a subject that we don’t talk about over coffee or on lunch break. Most of all this wouldn’t be a subject an abused teen would speak with their parents about. 1 in 3 girls who have been in a serious relationship say they’ve been concerned about being physically hurt by their partner. To change these astounding numbers we have to speak up and speak out about Teen Dating Violence. No matter what parents of the victims have to be supportive no matter the frustrations. Here are some of the signs to look for:
- Falling or failing grades
- Increased instances of indecision, stops giving her own opinion
- Changes in mood or personality
- Use of drugs/alcohol, not just experimentation
- Emotional outburst, not just mood swings
- Will become isolated, insist on more privacy
- Physical signs of injury cuts, bruises, etc.
- Makes excuses for the abusers behavior
- Begins to put herself/himself down.
SIGNS OF ABUSE FROM THE ABUSER
- Is extremely jealous, hypersensitive and controlling
- Verbally abusive and threatens violence
- Has unpredictable mood swings, with instances of explosive anger
- Uses drugs and alcohol not just experimentation
- Isolates their partner from friends and family
- Uses force during an argument, physical and emotional
- Believes in rigid sex roles women are a possession
- Blames others for his problems or feelings
- Has a history of abusive relationships.
Stay open with your teen and be honest about Teen Dating Violence. Be Honest about how common it really is and keep the lines of communication open with who they are dating. Always remember you are not your child’s best friend you are their parent. Support and understanding is the biggest thing that you can give your child with dating and teen dating violence. Speak up and Speak out against violence and you can involve your teen too in this process. Getting your child involved will also teach him or her that it isn’t the right relationship to be a part of. These tools should help keep you more educated and your teen safer. Remember there is NO EXCUSE FOR ABUSE.
I received a note this week from the following person on my LinkedIn profile, requesting help to find parents in Virginia who are interested in participating in this study. Feel free to utilize the link to find out more information.
I have a project right now where I am trying to contact Virginia Parents who may be interested in improving our CPS and JDR Courts through a JLARC study. If you have connections that you feel may be interested, please feel free to invite them to: http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Virginia-CPS-Custody-Atrocities-4342031?trk=myg_ugrp_ovr
Might be a great motto for our project…