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The Appeal

Jessica Pishko

28 July 2020

United States

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Criminalizing domestic violence was considered a feminist-inspired advance for crime victims, but making arrests and prosecution the main responses to the problem has backfired in many ways. With funding and attention...

The New York Times

Amanda Taub

Jane Bradley

2 July 2020

England

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Ignoring the pleas of victim-aid groups and the examples set by other countries, the British government and courts failed to protect domestic violence victims during the pandemic. Italy, Spain, Germany, and New Zealan...

The Local

Catherine Edwards

16 June 2020

Sweden

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In the nearly two years since Sweden broadened the definition of rape offenses to include cases in which a victim fails to signal consent, both the reports of alleged rapes and convictions have risen. During that time...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

9 June 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Philadelphia’s domestic violence shelters filled during the pandemic, emergency funding ran dry, and officials offered victims little recourse if they were trapped at home with their abusers. These gaps in protection ...

The Trace

Jennifer Mascia

Katlyn Alo

29 May 2020

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Domestic abuse risks are on the rise, at a time of social isolation, economic disruption, and gun-buying, and so Wayne County, Michigan, court officials responded to the closing of their courthouses by allowing people...

Ventures Africa

Hadassah Egbedi

18 May 2020

Nigeria

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Stand To End Rape (STER) is a youth-led Nigerian NGO that works with sexual and gender abuse survivors by providing services, including psychosocial support and advocacy to address cultural norms of victim-blaming, sh...

National Observer

Janice Cantieri

6 May 2020

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

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The number of missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada is high, so a group of Indigenous women formed an organization called Power Our Women (POW) to teach other Indigenous women across the country self-defense...

BBC

Maddy Savage

4 May 2020

Sweden

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Private dinners for only men to discuss notions of feminism and toxic masculinity have been picking up in interest across Sweden. What started in earnest following a string of assaults against women in 2016 has now be...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Vinny Vella

6 April 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Stay-at-home orders keep us safe against the risk of infection, but for those suffering from domestic abuse they are no safe haven. The city of Philadelphia is working to let people know that services are still avail...

Transitions Online

Hanna Liubakova

30 March 2020

Belarus

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A Belarus women’s-empowerment support group using the Wen-Do method ends each session with the students breaking a piece of wood with a chop of their hand, a literal show of strength that communicates how defending ag...

Civil Eats

Vera Liang Chang

9 March 2020

Florida, United States

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The Fair Food Program, which educates and empowers farmworkers to report on-the-job sexual harassment, has all but eliminated sexual assaults at participating farms in an industry that otherwise is known for vast powe...

The Trace

Ann Givens

24 February 2020

Thibodaux, Louisiana, United States

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Despite a strong gun-rights culture in the state, Louisiana law enforcement agencies use aggressive gun-confiscation laws and procedures to disarm domestic abusers as part of a wider array of protections for victims. ...

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Leigh Paterson

23 February 2020

Denver, Colorado, United States

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The Denver, Colorado, district attorney’s office assigned an investigator to methodically search for signs that domestic abusers possessed prohibited guns, and then uses that information to take the guns away. Firearm...

Eugene Weekly

Taylor Perse

6 February 2020

Albany, Oregon, United States

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Sarah’s Place, a clinic based in Albany General Hospital focused on helping those who have been sexually assaulted, has proven to be the "gold-standard" for other hospitals in neighboring cities. Whereas most victims ...

The Atlantic

Matthew Wolfe

17 January 2020

Duluth, Iowa, United States

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Duluth’s Domestic Abuse Intervention Project has served for decades as a model for men’s counseling groups that courts often mandate in lieu of incarceration after abuse leads to criminal charges. But a deep look at i...

Cronkite News - Arizona PBS

Anikka Abbott

23 December 2019

Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

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To help address domestic violence and intervene in crises such as suicide and addiction within Native American communities, a decades-old culture-based program offers workshops that "foster healing through embracing c...

The New York Times

David McCabe

Kate Conger

17 December 2019

United States

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The passage of the 2018 Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act was meant to hold accountable the online platforms where sex trafficking and sex work took place, but a year into its existence, it has shown negative, unintend...

USA Today

Kenny Jacoby

16 December 2019

San Antonio, Texas, United States

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A new college athletic policy called the “Tracy Rule” is gaining traction as more colleges are held accountable for the behavior of their student athletes. The Tracy Rule, which has been adopted by 12 NCAA schools so ...

Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting

Eleanor Klibanoff

5 December 2019

Louisville, Kentucky, United States

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The way in which Kentucky’s Louisville Metro Police Department handles rape cases has come into question. The department’s low level of cases being brought to trial is because of the extra step police officers take: c...

KXAN-TV

Tom Miller

25 November 2019

Bloomington, Illinois, United States

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A company called Gaggle works with school districts to screen their software and electronics for messages and text that are cause for concern – including threats against others, sexual content, or mentions of suicide ...

Transitions Online

Hanna Liubakova

25 November 2019

Minsk, Belarus

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The Minsk-based organization Radislava runs a house for women and children who have experienced domestic abuse. In a culture and a country that have yet to protect survivors of abuse, this house runs on privacy and an...

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Dhashen Moodley

Danny Booysen

19 November 2019

Johannesburg, South Africa

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A practice in Johannesburg is making the courtroom and trial process less scary for sexually abused children by letting them play the role of court officials alongside therapy dogs in a pretend court. The Teddy Bear F...

BBC

Elaine Murphy

11 November 2019

Pune, Maharashtra, India

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A program launched by the Equal Community Foundation (ECF) in 2011 called Action for Equality (AFE) educates more than 5,000 teenage boys in Pune, India about violence against women. They spend 43 weeks learning curri...

Oklahoma Watch

Whitney Bryen

8 November 2019

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States

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The Oklahoma Supreme Court has given judges the option to allow victims of abuse to testify via video rather than in person. When victims must testify in person, they may suffer re-traumatization or might simply not s...

We Are Teachers

Megan DeMatteo

6 November 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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In Pennsylvania, two teachers started the state's first ever gender studies class with an advocacy project that led to new legislation. After learning that child marriage was still legal, the students took the issue t...

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