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Emily Ding

Corinne Redfern

16 February 2021

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Since its April 2018 founding in Malaysia, the Be My Protector app has enabled interventions in 120 cases of suspected human trafficking, sparked by anonymous reports that its app enables. In about a third of those ca...

WBEZ

Patrick Smith

8 February 2021

Illinois, United States

Radio

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Since 2017, two publicly funded trauma recovery centers in Illinois have helped violent-crime survivors cope with the emotional fallout that can accompany a loved one's murder or surviving their own violent attack. Ca...

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Maya Rao

30 January 2021

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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Next Step is a hospital-based violence intervention program based at Minneapolis' Hennepin County Medical Center that counsels gunshot victims to try to help lower the chances that they will be harmed again or seek to...

NPR

Laine Kaplan-Levenson

7 January 2021

United States

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The story of the passage of the Violence Against Women Act starts with a young legal aide to Sen. Joe Biden who did not identify as a feminist and knew little about the issues, but whose methodical building of a coali...

People

Jeff Truesdell

24 December 2020

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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A network of trauma recovery centers nationwide helps victims of violence and survivors of murder victims by focusing on their emotional, medical, and financial needs first. What started as a single healing center run...

Yes! Magazine

Isabella Garcia

9 December 2020

Portland, Oregon, United States

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Behind the nightly protests against racism and police brutality on Portland's streets for more than five months stands a network of street medics and mutual aid groups dedicated to equipping and protecting protesters,...

The Trace

J. Brian Charles

14 November 2020

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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The Violence Intervention Program at the University of Maryland Medical Center's Shock Trauma Center helps people meet basic needs after they have suffered a gunshot injury. Along with clothing, transportation voucher...

WCSH-TV

Vivien Leigh

6 November 2020

Portland, Maine, United States

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A free mobile app, Safe House, gives victims of domestic abuse a simple and quick way to call for help and find needed resources in four states. Putting local crisis helplines, shelters, and other local resources in o...

Reason

Elizabeth Nolan Brown

29 October 2020

United States

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The Violence Against Women Act was billed as a way to make a patriarchal society, and policing profession in particular, take domestic violence more seriously. It encouraged policies making arrest of alleged abusers m...

NBC News

Kate Snow

14 October 2020

Thibodaux, Louisiana, United States

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In southern Louisiana's Lafourche Parish, sheriff's deputy Valerie Martinez Jordan used her history as a domestic violence victim to create a countywide program to legally seize the guns of people convicted of domesti...

WUNC

Jason deBruyn

12 October 2020

Durham, North Carolina, United States

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The nationwide surge in gun violence during the pandemic has forced support groups for grieving survivors to persevere in their work using different tools and strategies in a process that depends on intimate forms of ...

Are We Europe

Monica Pelliccia

Elena Ledda

25 September 2020

France

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A mobile app called App-Elles was used 5,400 times during the early months of the pandemic by either the victims of domestic violence or witnesses and helpers trying to connect the victims to assistance. Created by Fr...

The Land

Conor Morris

22 September 2020

Ohio, United States

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To provide emergency housing to domestic violence victims without crowding them into shelters during the pandemic, Ohio victim-aid groups have helped hundreds of families to flee violence and find safe housing in subs...

The Guardian

Donna Ferguson

19 September 2020

Cambridge, England

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Facebook groups are reuniting bicycle-theft victims with their property by creating a place to report thefts and alerting others to be on the lookout for the bikes. A pandemic-inspired boom in bicycling, as a means to...

Chicago Tribune

Annie Sweeney

16 September 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Since the 2018 opening of a trauma-care center near the neighborhoods most affected by Chicago's gun violence, the University of Chicago Medical Center's Violence Recovery Program has helped survivors and victims' fam...

Raw Love Productions

Katherine Hervey

22 August 2020

San Quentin, California, United States

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In San Quentin Prison, men convicted of murder attend a 72-week restorative-justice circle where they tell their stories of trauma: what they suffered in their lives, and how they turned that into harm they inflicted ...

The Community Voice

Jazzlyn Johnson

7 August 2020

Kansas City, Missouri, United States

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The nationwide non-profit Trauma Intervention Programs Inc. uses volunteers trained in "compassionate notifications" – informing families of loved ones' deaths, a task that often is bungled by untrained, rushed first ...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Alasdair Lane

7 August 2020

Glasgow, Scotland

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In Scotland, the Navigators program performs violence interruption work in seven hospitals, at the bedside of victims of violence, with counseling and connections to social services to nudge people into safer lifestyl...

The New Yorker

Ana Karina Zatarain

5 August 2020

Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico

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Las Rastreadoras de El Fuerte is a group of about 200 members, mostly mothers whose children are among the more than 73,000 people who have disappeared and presumably were murdered in Mexico's long drug war. Las Rastr...

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 Marshall Project

Eli Hager

21 July 2020

Jacksonville, Florida, United States

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Jacksonville’s prosecutor began a unique experiment in using restorative justice dialogue in murder cases, seeking to help survivors learn the full truth of a crime in ways a traditional trial would not provide. In re...

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...

California Health Report

Claudia Boyd-Barrett

25 June 2020

California, United States

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Since 2016, California's Domestic Violence Housing First program has grown to 65 organizations that give victims the financial help they need to stay housed after leaving an abusive spouse. Financial and housing insta...

The Laconia Daily Sun

Roberta Baker

17 June 2020

Laconia, New Hampshire, United States

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To connect children with the counseling and other services they need to heal from traumatic experiences, the Adverse Childhood Experience Response team trains police and others to spot problems early and make prompt r...

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...

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