Posts tagged "domestic violence"

New York City Creates Task Force to Combat Domestic Violence

Friday morning, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the creation of a task force to combat domestic violence within the city.

California Voters Pass Controversial Criminal Justice Reform Proposition

California voters passed Proposition 57 this past Tuesday. Presented as a means for criminal justice reform, Proposition 57 allows non-violent convicts parole consideration once they have completed their base sentence.

Child Bride Faces Execution in Iran for Allegedly Killing Abusive Husband

Zeinab Sekaanvand, an Iranian-Kurdish woman charged with killing her husband, is incarcerated in Iran and awaiting her execution by hanging.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month: LGBTQ Relationships

When picturing domestic violence, the common image features abuse between heterosexual partners, at the hands of a male perpetrator. Left out of common discourse is a comprehensive understanding of domestic violence between same-sex partners.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Nuisance Ordinances

Local laws known as nuisance ordinances have been popping up in hundreds of towns and cities across the country, marketed as a way to deter criminal activity by fining landlords whose properties are frequented by the police. In reality, they punish victims of domestic violence by forcing them to choose between their personal safety and...

Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Guns in Abusive Homes

The chance of a woman in an abusive household being killed by her partner quintuples when a gun is in the home.

Feminist Leaders Marched the Olympic Torch through Brazil

The 2016 Olympic Summer Games began with the traditional parading of the torch throughout the country, including in Fortaleza, where two leaders of Brazil’s feminist movement led the march through the northeastern city.

Domestic Violence Victims Now Protected From Housing Discrimination in New York

The New York City Council voted on legislation that updates and strengthens the New York City Human Rights Law on July 26, which will protect domestic violence victims from housing discrimination.

5 Major Supreme Court Victories for Women this Week

This was a great week for women.

SCOTUS Upholds Strong Domestic Violence Gun Ban Law

The Supreme Court decided 6-2 in Voisine v. United States to affirm protections for victims of domestic violence by preventing individuals convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence from owning guns.

Obama Announces New Executive Actions to Reduce Gun Violence

President Obama announced new executive actions to reduce gun violence today, including expanded mandatory background checks, increased enforcement of gun laws, and increased funding for mental health care.
Gov. Cuomo Signs Women's Equality Bills Into Law

Gov. Cuomo Signs Women’s Equality Bills Into Law

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo just signed into law several bills strengthening protections for women in the workplace as well as victims of sex trafficking, sexual harassment, and domestic violence in an effort to further women's equality in the state.
Major League Baseball Begins Mandatory Domestic Violence Prevention Training

Major League Baseball Begins Mandatory Domestic Violence Prevention Training

Advocates and legislators agree that although these actions are promising, much more will be necessary for sustainable change in the culture of violence that seems to enshrine professional sports institutions.
New Law Cracks Down on Domestic Abusers in Brazil

New Law Cracks Down on Domestic Abusers in Brazil

Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff signed a new law this week creating harsher penalties for the murder of women and girls connected to domestic violence.
Violence Against Women Came to the Forefront at Last Nights' Grammy Awards

Violence Against Women Came to the Forefront at Last Nights’ Grammy Awards

The 57th Annual Grammy Awards set a new precedent last night with a speech from a domestic violence survivor and activist and the airing of a PSA from President Obama about violence against women.
Supreme Court to Decide if Online Threats are Protected Speech

Supreme Court to Decide if Online Threats are Protected Speech

In November of 2010, a Pennsylvania court granted the wife of Anthony Elonis a protective order after he wrote a violent Facebook stating, in graphic terms, that he would kill her.
The NFL Has Officially Reinstated Ray Rice

The NFL Has Officially Reinstated Ray Rice

In September, Rice was given a two-game ban, then an indefinite ban, by the NFL when a video was released of him punching his fiancee unconscious in an elevator then dragging her out.
Marissa Alexander Has Accepted a Plea Deal

Marissa Alexander Has Accepted a Plea Deal

As of Monday, Alexander must serve another 65 days in Duval County Jail. After that time, Alexander must spend another two years on house arrest.
From the Inside Looking Out: I Went To a Domestic Violence Course for Convicted Abusers

From the Inside Looking Out: I Went To a Domestic Violence Course for Convicted Abusers

Would this reform him? Could it have “fixed” us?
Prosecutors Claim South Carolina's Stand Your Ground Law Doesn't Apply to Domestic Violence Survivors

Prosecutors Claim South Carolina’s Stand Your Ground Law Doesn’t Apply to Domestic Violence Survivors

According to South Carolina prosecutors, the state's Stand Your Ground law is an unfit defense for domestic violence victims who live with their attackers.