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Friday, 17 October 2014 00:00

Montgomery Co. Task Force Celebrates 20th Years
By WSFA 12 News StaffCONNECT

The Montgomery County Task Force on Domestic Violence is celebrating it's twentieth anniversary. The force held a breakfast on Friday to celebrate, inside the Montgomery Advertiser's Freedom Room.

In 1994, the task force was established to unite prosecution, law enforcement, and victim services agencies to respond to domestic violence in the community. Each month the group has met, and over time created a coordinated community response to things like domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, family violence and abuse in Montgomery.

Task force members also created the first Family Justice Center in the state now known as the Brooks, Sellers One Place Family Justice Center. The center is what officials called a "one stop shop" that provides services for victims ranging from domestic and dating violence, stalking, sexual assault and child/elder abuse.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014 00:00

Queens Domestic Violence Stats Reported
Richard Gentilviso - Western Queens Gazette

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the color purple is the symbolic centerpiece to a host of events in all five boroughs, highlighted by Go Purple Day on October 15.

“Let me give you some sobering statistics,” said Rosemonde Pierre-Louis, commissioner of the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence.

“Last year there were 280,531 domestic violence incidents in New York City – an average of 770 per day and that’s just those [incidents] reported to the police,” she said speaking at the September 16 meeting of the Queens Borough Cabinet.


Tuesday, 14 October 2014 00:00

Family Justice Center Coordinates Efforts For Victims
By Bill Moss - Hendersonville Lightnight

An emotional and volatile situation arises when a non-custodial parent meets a spouse to pick up a child for visitation. Many cities have a safe neutral place for the exchange.

"In our county, we don't have anything like that," says Tanya Blackford, who as executive director of Mainstay knows too well the abuse that can rise from the powder keg of emotions.

Henderson County has spotty victim assistance programs, a lack of communications between agencies and no one-stop shop where victims can go to find out about their court case, get an appointment for counseling or report problems.


Sunday, 12 October 2014 00:00

Steps Against Domestic Violence That Actually Work
Bill Gibbons - The Tennessean

Domestic violence has dominated the national headlines in recent weeks. The latest news about alleged domestic assault by professional athletes has brought this once whispered about issue to the forefront of discussion across the country. And that's a good thing, for the country and for Tennessee.

While domestic violence may be the hot topic in the national news, sadly, it is nothing new. Reports of domestic violence assaults, or even worse, domestic-related murders, occur regularly. There is no dispute that domestic violence is a major crime concern.



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