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One Simple Idea That Could Reduce Domestic Violence

(15) Comments | Posted July 17, 2015 | 6:06 PM

A report released Tuesday is proposing a simple way to reduce domestic violence: Give victims free lawyers. 

Lawyers are expensive, and women who need them often can't afford them. Without legal counsel, it can be harder for women to get protective orders, leave their abusive partners and...

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미식축구 선수보다 더 심한 외상성 뇌손상을 입는 여자들: 가정폭력 피해자 51세 워커의 이야기

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 4:05 AM

미국 피닉스에서 가정폭력 보호시설 코디네이터로 일하는 케리 워커(51세)는 30년 전, 자신도 모르는 새 달려오는 차들을 향해 도로 반대편에서 역주행한 적이 있다. 이유는 알 수 없었다. “그러는 게 정상으로 느껴졌어요.” 워커는 자신이 위험을 느끼지 못했다고 말한다. 다행히 그 날은 사고를 피할 수 있었지만, 이제 와 돌아보면 그것은 워커에게 확진 전의 뇌손상이...

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Why So Many Domestic Violence Survivors Don't Get Help -- Even When They Ask For It

(165) Comments | Posted June 10, 2015 | 11:49 AM

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On Sept. 10, 2014, a woman arrived at a domestic violence program in Nevada desperately seeking emergency shelter. She had been living in her car with her four kids for two weeks, she said, hiding from an abusive partner.

The program...

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If You're A Domestic Violence Survivor With Unexplained Symptoms, Read This

(42) Comments | Posted June 5, 2015 | 10:02 AM


Earlier this week, The Huffington Post ran a story on undiagnosed traumatic brain injury in domestic violence survivors. We received an outpouring of emails from women who suspected they might be suffering from the condition. Here, we spoke to some experts on...

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The Women Who Face More Traumatic Brain Injury Than NFL Players

(132) Comments | Posted June 2, 2015 | 12:01 AM


Thirty years ago, Kerri Walker, now a coordinator for a domestic violence shelter in Phoenix, found herself inexplicably driving down the left side of the road into oncoming traffic. “It felt totally normal,” she said, recalling how she was oblivious to the danger....

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Na Índia, grupo de teatro quer quebrar o silêncio sobre violência sexual

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2015 | 7:45 PM


Photo by Sinbad Phugra

Quando Poorna Jagannathan soube do estupro coletivo fatal que ocorreu em um ônibus em Nova Deli, na Índia, em 2012, a notícia ressoou bem de perto.

Um dos motivos é que ela morava ao lado do...

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'Vagina Monologues' Production Reminds Female Inmates They Aren't Forgotten

(10) Comments | Posted April 28, 2015 | 7:30 AM

BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. -- Elisia Dones, 59, gazed out the window of the bus as it passed Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, New York’s only maximum-security prison for women, and made a left turn.

The scene in front of her was familiar. Dones spent 1982 to 2003 at Bedford after...

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Photographer Captures His Best Friend's Last Day

(34) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 3:47 PM

On Mother's Day 2011, photographer B.D. Colen got an unexpected call from his college best friend, Rev. Bill Potter. Potter, a 62-year-old Episcopal clergyman and a heavy smoker who had spent months volunteering at Ground Zero, was dying of lung cancer.

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New Play Tackles Infamous Gang Rape In India To Break The Silence About Sexual Violence

(7) Comments | Posted April 16, 2015 | 11:16 AM


Photo by Sinbad Phugra

When Poorna Jagannathan learned about the fatal gang rape that occurred on a bus in Delhi, India, in 2012, it hit far too close to home.

For one, she used to live next door to the...

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Gun Violence Survivors Demand Action: 'We Can Do Better Than This'

(1249) Comments | Posted April 6, 2015 | 1:21 PM

NEW YORK -- Richard Martinez’s right wrist bulges with rubber bracelets, each one inscribed with a name and given to him by a grieving family shattered by an act of gun violence.

Around his left wrist is the watch his son, Christopher, was wearing when he was killed. Martinez...

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Arkansas Governor Signs Domestic Violence Bill Dubbed 'Laura's Law'

(90) Comments | Posted April 1, 2015 | 2:40 PM


Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson signs "Laura's Law" as Laura Ponce (far right) watches. Ponce's daughter, Laura Aceves, pictured in the framed photo, was killed in 2012 and inspired the legislation.

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) signed a bill on Wednesday requiring...

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Transgender Teen Who Was Crowned Homecoming King Dies

(276) Comments | Posted March 25, 2015 | 4:17 PM

A transgender activist who made headlines last year when he was crowned homecoming king at his Charlotte, North Carolina, high school has died.

Local paper The Charlotte Observer initially reported that Blake Brockington, 18, died Monday in an apparent suicide. The news was confirmed to...

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Joe Biden: Domestic Violence Is A 'Public Health Epidemic'

(164) Comments | Posted March 20, 2015 | 4:45 PM

WASHINGTON -- Vice President Joe Biden called domestic violence a "public health epidemic" that requires urgent attention in an address Friday to an audience of the country's preeminent medical, public health and domestic violence experts.

"All of you in this room who are doctors, nurses, researchers, social workers from...

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Disturbing Report Finds New York's Female Prisoners Illegally Shackled During Labor

(81) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 1:10 PM

New York state prison authorities have continued the illegal practice of shackling pregnant inmates during labor, fail to provide most female prisoners with enough sanitary napkins and toilet paper, and do not train medical staff to work with trauma survivors -- a crucial oversight, since the majority of incarcerated women...

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New Report Paints Devastating Picture Of Violence Against Women In Egypt

(72) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 5:39 PM

A leading human rights group said Wednesday that Egypt is failing to protect its women from widespread violence and criticized the country's authorities for "token" legal reforms that have not translated into real change.

The damning report, released by Amnesty International, urged the government to present a...

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Mark Strand, Former U.S. Poet Laureate, Dies At 80

(10) Comments | Posted November 29, 2014 | 4:25 PM

Mark Strand, one of America's leading poets, has died at age 80.

His daughter confirmed the death to The New York Times, and said the cause was cancer.

Strand was born in 1934 in Canada and was raised in the United States. His career as a...

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China Drafts First National Law Against Domestic Violence

(5) Comments | Posted November 26, 2014 | 1:10 PM

China has drafted its first national law against domestic violence in a momentous step forward for women's rights.

The draft legislation, which was released on Tuesday, creates a formal definition of domestic violence for the first time and streamlines the process of obtaining restraining orders.

Reached at midnight...

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Michael Brown's Mom: Darren Wilson Testimony Adds 'Insult After Injury'

(168) Comments | Posted November 26, 2014 | 7:25 AM

Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr. appeared on NBC's "TODAY" show on Wednesday morning to discuss the grand jury decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the death of their son Michael Brown.

McSpadden described the last 36 hours as "sleepless, very hard, heartbreaking and unbelievable."

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Nicole Maines, History-Making Transgender Teen, Honored By Glamour Magazine

(52) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 1:10 PM

Nicole Maines, a teenager who made history earlier this year in a landmark transgender rights case, has been named one of Glamour magazine's 50 inspiring women of the year. Nicole, who is 17, was chosen to represent the state of Maine in the series "Hometown Heroes:...

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