By Brian F. Martin and Ruth M. Glenn, MPA, Executive Director, National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) We recently conducted focus grou...
Divorce is almost never a simple process, and the introduction of protection orders or allegations of abuse instantly increase the complexity of the case, particularly for the purported offender.
Alimony. It's a hot button issue in divorce and something many individuals have a hard time dealing with after the breakup. It seems unfair, when one spouse is ordered to pay a hefty sum each month towards the daily living costs and lifestyle choices of their ex-spouse. These individuals are no longer connected, yet the financial obligation continues -- sometimes indefinitely.
This is about the fans. This is about the lifelong Blackhawks supporter who happens to be a rape survivor. It's about the kids sitting a few rows away who don't fully understand what Kane might have done, but who know it doesn't matter because the Jumbotron keeps reminding them that he's a hockey hero.
Denial and a blame-the-victim mentality in this country is as endemic as racism or hunger--and violence against women, especially, is something the media does not want to report. Cable news would rather bloviate about Trump and his bigotry or obsess over a missing airplane.
"Armed and fabulous" could be a punchline if it weren't such a dangerous premise. We agree that guns are a women's issue, but for very different reasons than the NRA. Guns are a women's issue, simply put, because batterers with guns kill women in America at a rate higher than any other industrial country.
Unfortunately, some members of Louisiana's political community engaged in the gubernatorial race don't seem to know the correct answer, and it's time that they learned it. Scoring political points by using an analogy that belittles the agony of domestic violence survivors is unworthy of any politician.
Divorcing parents often struggle emotionally with the reality of having less time with their children; this adjustment is particularly difficult when one parent believes that the other parent is abusing the children.
Earlier this week, President Obama signed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015. While this means that a partial government shutdown can be avoided, other shutdowns may be inevitable. If this deal goes through, the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) is at risk and could potentially lose more than $1 billion in funding compared to last year.
Tori did not wake up one day and say to herself, "I am going to fall in love with a drug addict," or "I am going to have a child with a drug addict." Many loved ones aren't even aware of the substance abusers' struggles until the lies they put into place in order to hide their habit begin to unravel.
Animal abuse is a known risk factor for serious and potentially lethal cases of domestic violence. In these cases, the potential killer of an intimate partner has reinforced his threat by demonstrating his ability to kill another sentient being.
You are not alone. The statistics on domestic violence tell a sad story. But what's even sadder, is that we know the statistics only reflect what is reported. There is so much more pain out there that will never make it onto a researcher's spreadsheet.
Coercive Control is not about one partner simply being "bossy" or "a nag;" it's about domination. Controlling people often micromanage their partners' everyday life -- restricting their activities and planning their time with a detailed schedule.
Why won't women "just go to the police"? Maybe because they don't have faith the police will help them. Brutality often begins at home, including in police families. In department after department, law enforcement officials are ignoring disciplinary and legal standards for officers accused of sexual violence and domestic violence.
Like many successful career woman, Mercer thought that if she did everything her husband asked and didn't "get out of pocket" that she could "fix" her marriage. But she couldn't.
"Landmark legislation" is a term that gets thrown around pretty easily in political circles, but many of the bills passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown this year live up to that lofty description.