Tag Archives: intimate partner violence

How do “Stand Your Ground” laws apply to victims of domestic violence?

TweetOver on her new website, CNN HLN anchor Richelle Carey asks a very interesting question: Does ‘Stand Your Ground’ apply to domestic abuse? The ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws that have become well-known in the wake of the killing of Trayvon Martin.  The laws are supposed to allow an individual to use lethal force if they [...]
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Nearly 1 in 5 women in the U.S. has been sexually assaulted

Tweet**Trigger warning** Nearly one in five women in the U.S. has been sexually assaulted. That’s the most headline-grabbing statistic from an important new study released by the CDC yesterday. Based on a nationally representative phone survey, the report offers a comprehensive and depressing look at the epidemic of sexual and domestic violence in this country. Here [...]
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Yep, Topeka, Kansas actually decriminalized domestic violence

TweetAs I wrote last week, Topeka, Kansas has been weighing the idea of decriminalizing domestic violence to avoid footing the bill for prosecuting the cases. And last night, despite the protests from advocates and incredulous national headlines, the City Council voted to do just that. The New York Times reports: By a vote of 7 [...]
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Topeka, Kansas considers decriminalizing domestic violence to avoid prosecuting cases

TweetLast night, in between approving city expenditures and other routine agenda items, the Topeka, Kansas City Council debated one rather controversial one: decriminalizing domestic violence. Here’s what happened: Last month, the Shawnee County District Attorney’s office, facing a 10% budget cut, announced that the county would no longer be prosecuting misdemeanors, including domestic violence cases, [...]
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Tell VP Joe Biden your ideas for preventing sexual assault and dating violence

TweetYou gotta love Joe Biden. Earlier this week, on the 17th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act, he released a video calling on young people to share their ideas for how to prevent dating violence and sexual assault at their schools and on their college campuses. Biden notes that young women age 16-24 continue [...]
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