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Full Faith and Credit: Orders of Protection Across State Lines

June 27, 2012 by


Many crime victims, especially those who have been abused, stalked, or sexually assaulted, seek restraining orders. These orders are sometimes difficult to obtain, but may be easier to get than, say, a criminal conviction. But what happens when the victim crosses state lines? Does the order still hold up? In most cases, yes. If that […]

White House 1 is 2 Many Campaign Misses the Mark

June 26, 2012 by


Start by watching the video. I want to love this video. I want to love it because it’s a campaign against domestic violence that targets men. And we can’t truly address the problem of domestic violence without men. Men are half of our population. Men are brothers, sisters, friends, lovers, husbands, and fathers of women […]

A Senior Flash Mob for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

June 19, 2012 by


The terms “flash mob” and “senior” rarely belong in the same sentence, but some seniors and volunteers in Massachusetts staged a flash mob – complete with singing “When I’m 64” at a supermarket to mark World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Video proof below: Elder abuse is a particularly difficult crime to recognize and respond to. […]

Part III: Marissa Alexander Isn’t Really About Stand Your Ground

June 1, 2012 by


Marissa Alexander is just another case file that gets shoved in the heap of unintended consequences. She thought she was innocent, she thought it worth the fight. In the end, it wasn't. Like all gamblers, the players in the criminal justice system have to remember that the house always wins.

Part II: Marissa Alexander Isn’t Really About Stand Your Ground

May 30, 2012 by


Marissa Alexander’s case is not so much about Florida’s stand your ground law as it is about the connections between interrelated facets of her case including gender, domestic violence, and mandatory minimums. In Part I of this series, we explored the role of gender. Today’s post looks at the double standards applied to evaluating violence […]

Bad Things Advocates Say

May 25, 2012 by


“90% of the abuse situations happen with the victim’s tacit permission.” That’s a direct quote. I’m going to summarize the rest of the conversation, which I overheard, by saying that this was an advocate who justified her comment by explaining that she had grown up in an abusive household and that she had been a […]

What is the Truth About Abuse?

May 23, 2012 by


The Mary Kay Foundation conducts an annual nationwide survey about the status of domestic violence services in the United States, titled “The Truth About Abuse Survey.” Key findings include: Demand is up. Funding, services and prevention efforts are down. 8 out of 10 domestic violence shelters nationwide reported an increase in women seeking help. 74% […]