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Australian Domestic Violence Advocates Say Tougher Stance Needed To Combat Domestic Abuse

Posted by familydynamics on January 31, 2008

In the wake of revelations that former AFL footballer Wayne Carey has been charged for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend in Florida, anti-violence groups say the public needs to take a stronger stand against domestic violence.

Domestic Violence and Incest Resource Centre training coordinator Margot Scott said there had been a considerable shift in public attitudes towards family violence in the last 20 years. She said a study undertaken in 1987 showed 20% of people thought physical violence was acceptable in some circumstances, but a more recent study in 1995 showed this number had substantially decreased.  She said Australians sporting codes had overlooked derogatory attitudes towards women in the past but were now trying to address the issue. “They are saying this isn’t on. We don’t care if you’re a gold medal winner, we don’t condone this behaviour.” The more the public say this the less likely it will continue.”

If you need to talk to someone about family violence you can call the Women’s Domestic Violence Crisis Service on 1800 015 188 or the Men’s Referral Service on 1800 905 973.


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Rogers Communications To Combat Domestic Violence

Posted by familydynamics on January 30, 2008

Rogers Communications has issued a corporate challenge in the fight against domestic violence in Edmonton. Last year, the Safe Connection program, which is operated by the city’s Spousal Violence Intervention Team (SVIT) started putting cellphones in the hands of people at risk for domestic violence.

The Safe Connection program allows women to maintain a cellphone account independent, or even secret, from their abusive partners – so they can contact family, friends, shelters or counselling as needed.

Spokesman Rebecca Catley says Rogers is consequently calling on both businesses and individuals to donate at least $10,000 toward Safe Connection by Feb. 18, Family Day, because the Edmonton Police Foundation has already pledged to match donations up to that amount.

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Cabinet Awards $1.6 Million To Aid Domestic Violence Victims

Posted by familydynamics on January 29, 2008

Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Secretary J. Michael Brown announced today the Cabinet recently awarded approximately $1.6 million in federal grant funds to state and local groups that help victims of domestic and sexual violence.The Cabinet awards Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) funds to agencies providing services to adult victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Eligible agencies include law enforcement, prosecution, service programs and courts; services include therapy, group counseling, court advocacy, legal advocacy, and follow-up. For more information call (502) 564-3251.

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Candlelight Vigil Shines Light On Domestic Violence In Tampa Bay

Posted by familydynamics on January 28, 2008

Wendy Loomas of the Pinellas County Domestic Violence Task Force read the names of all eleven victims in front of a crowd of people mostly dressed in coats to brave the chilly weather.The lives of one man, eight women and two young children were all remembered in prayer and in a moment of silence.

The organizers of the candlelight vigil want to get the word out that there’s help available to victims that could save lives. Linda Osmundson, is the Executive Director of a shelter that provides all kinds of services to victims of domestic abuse. The name of the organization is Community Action Stops Violence.

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Unprecedented Lawsuit May Shed Light On Protective Order Enforcement

Posted by familydynamics on January 27, 2008

In an unprecedented lawsuit being followed by domestic violence advocates across the state, Vernetta Cockerham-Ellerbee is blaming her hometown police department — officers to whom she once sold coffee at a local market — for broken promises that cost her daughter’s life and shattered her own.If she prevails, Cockerham-Ellerbee’s case will likely force officers in North Carolina to more vigilantly monitor abusers ordered to stay away from their partners.

Judges and juries in other states have been asked the same question Cockerham-Ellerbee poses: If police fail to vigilantly enforce a protective order, can they be liable for what happens to a victim? Cockerham-Ellerbee’s case is the first expected to solicit an answer in North Carolina courts. She hopes a Yadkin County jury will hear her case within a year.

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New Policing Unit Tackles Domestic Violence

Posted by familydynamics on January 26, 2008

Northamptonshire Police, in the United Kingdom, has vowed to cut the number of persistent attackers by more than 350 in 2008, and in March, will set up a new policing unit dedicated to tackling the issue.  That decision is based on the following:
Almost half of domestic abuse victims in Northamptonshire are repeat complainants who are forced to report the crime to police more than once.

Figures have revealed that during 2007, a total of 4,607 people reported incidents of domestic abuse at the hands of their spouses or partners, or members of their families.

Of those almost 50 per cent – 2,222 in total – were repeat victims who had already alerted police to the crime at least once before.

The new policing unit is great news for women who felt they had nowhere to turn.

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Pending Law Puts Domestic Violence Victims At Risk

Posted by familydynamics on January 25, 2008

Indiana Attorney General Steve Carter was in Jeffersonville on Thursday to talk about a pending law which could put victims of domestic violence in danger.

The law — scheduled to take effect in May — will make residential addresses a requirement on many forms of identification that will be available to the public.

Therefore, Carter is urging victims of domestic violence to take advantage of the Address Confidentiality Program if they need to get out of their living situation and start over. Carter is teaming up with hospitals across the state and the Center for Women and Families to get the word about this program out to the people who need it most.

Clark Memorial Hospital is one of the 179 participating hospitals in Indiana.

Kathy Neuner, vice president of nursing services at Clark Memorial, said nurses work to educate victims who come into the hospital, but now they will have brochures to give out about the confidentiality program.

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Center Offers Hope To Domestic Violence Victims

Posted by familydynamics on January 24, 2008

The Center for Women and Families (CWF), in Connecticut offers a safe house to shelter abused single women, mothers and children at an undisclosed location. The center then attempts to resolve the problems with a multi-pronged effort that includes filing charges against the alleged abusers, and providing counseling, advocacy and support for the victims.

The center has four staffers who assist the 3,000 clients per year as their cases wind their way through the judicial system. “That’s our biggest and saddest program,” said Tanya Grant. “The criminal court on Golden Hill Street is a scary place to be,” she said, but she added that “it’s in court where the offender is truly held accountable for his actions.”

CWF President and CEO Deborah Greenwood said the center, with an annual budget of $2.8 million and 50 full- and part-time employees, gets only one-third of its budget from the state. Of the remainder, half comes from foundations and the other half is from direct private donations and fundraisers.

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The State Of Virginia Okay’s Domestic Violence Grant

Posted by familydynamics on January 23, 2008

Washington County Domestic Violence Deputy Stephen Reed thinks of himself as the safety net. After everyone has left the scene of a domestic violence call, Reed comes back. He checks on the victim, takes out any protective orders or arrest warrants if need be and makes sure the victim received services. “A lot of people won’t tell the first officer on the scene,” he said. He also said that if he wasn’t here a lot of people would fall through the cracks. That won’t happen this year.

The Sheriff’s Office has been approved for a $48,220 state administered federal grant to continue the V-Stop Program, a program that provides for information and assistance to victims of domestic violence in obtaining warrants, protective orders, etc.  Reed works together with the courts and victim advocacy organizations to guide victims through the process of seeking help whether or not they prosecute their abusers.

If you live in Virginia and you are in need of help, please look into this information.

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Helping Domestic Violence Victims Overcome PTSD

Posted by familydynamics on January 22, 2008

A researcher from the Summa-Kent State Center for Treatment and Study of Traumatic Stress is launching the second phase of a study geared toward ending the lingering effects of domestic violence by treating post-traumatic stress disorder.

Dr. Dawn Johnson, clinical coordinator for the traumatic stress center, recently received $525,000 from the National Institute of Mental Health to develop a treatment program for battered women in shelters.

Through the three-year study, Johnson wants to develop a one-on-one counseling program that she has already been testing among women in the Battered Women’s Shelter of Summit and Medina Counties since 2003.

If you live in Ohio, please check into this program if you are in need of help. 

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