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NBC News

Kate Snow

14 October 2020

Thibodaux, Louisiana, United States

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3-5 Minutes

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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

Radio

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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 ...

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...

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 dialog in murder cases, seeking to help survivors learn the full truth of a crime in ways a traditional trial would not provide. In retu...

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 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...

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...

WTVR-TV

Melissa Hipolit

31 March 2020

Henrico County, Virginia, United States

Broadcast TV News

3-5 Minutes

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When Henrico County Fire Department began to respond to calls for people exhibiting signs of coronavirus, they began utilizing recommendations of how best to stay safe. Although restrictive, this new playbook helps em...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Helen Ubiñas

26 December 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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In the first six months of its existence, a support group for paralyzed gunshot survivors provided both emotional support and sharing of tips on getting the help its members need to regain control over their lives. Le...

NPR

Rachel Treisman

7 December 2019

New York, United States

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For a variety of reasons, women are less likely than men to receive CPR by a stranger, but an attachment for CPR dummies that gives the maniken silicone breasts is helping to break barriers. This phenomenon is seen wo...

News Beat

Michael Conforti

24 October 2019

New York, New York, United States

Podcast

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Prosecutors in Brooklyn and Bronx divert some violent crime cases away from traditional courts to a program called Common Justice, which gives victims a greater say in the outcome – an outcome chosen by 9 out of 10 vi...

FreshWater Cleveland

Christopher Johnston

10 October 2019

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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The Cleveland Rape Crisis Center spent months deeply listening to their community before opening a new location in Shaker Square. The new location was decided upon as a direct response to the stated needs of the Afric...

PBS NewsHour

Fred de Sam Lazaro

10 September 2019

Battambang, Cambodia

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Cambodia is littered with unexploded land mines, posing a huge threat to people even decades after the conflict. In order to help locate and remove mines, a unique organization named Apopo trains rats to sniff them ou...

The New York Times

Joseph Darius Jaafari

27 August 2019

Diepsloot, Johannesburg, South Africa

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In Diepsloot, South Africa, a small office called Lawyers Against Abuse offers legal support for sexual assault cases in a violent city that traditionally does little to address the issue. The organization offers lawy...

Law360

Jeannie O'Sullivan

18 August 2019

United States

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In parts of five states and the District of Columbia, domestic violence victims can avoid the trauma and logistical hassles of seeking a restraining order in court by petitioning for court protection via video. Certai...

The New York Times

Rikha Sharma Rani

19 June 2019

Miami, Florida, United States

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Miami is home to a special type of child welfare program called CHANCE (Citrus Helping Adolescents Negatively Impacted by Commercial Exploitation) that is designed specifically for youth in foster care that have been ...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

2 April 2019

Findlay, Ohio, United States

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Truckers Against Trafficking are making an impact in reducing sex trafficking in the US by educating truckers, their companies, and the law enforcement that intersect with commercial drivers on how to spot sex traffic...

Nigeria Health Watch

Bashar Abubakar

25 March 2019

Minna, Niger, Nigeria

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Raising awareness about sexual abuse helps create space for the support and healing of victims. Using the #ArewaMeToo campaign as a platform, women in Nigeria are drawing attention to the shortcomings of Nigeria’s sex...

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