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Roundup: Georgia Eliminating State Funds for Domestic Violence Prevention

Georgia will use federal TANF money for domestic violence shelters which could eliminate services for women without children, what do state ant-abortion bills say about women, Arizona enacts more anti-abortion legislation, and Starbucks selling a maternal health benefit CD.

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Victims of Domestic Violence: the Underreported “Silent” Populations in the Community

Once again an extreme case of domestic violence is reported. This article reacts to a report “Founder of Muslim TV Station Is Guilty of Beheading Wife; New York Times February 8, 2011”, and appeals for enhancing community programs fostering self-report of domestic violence.

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Are We Still Left in Stitches?

In the fall of 2010, an adult film star reportedly shut herself in a hotel restroom while Sheen reportedly went berserk on a violent tear. The film star actually filed a report, but no arrest followed.  Most recently, just a few weeks ago, Sheen threatened to decapitate his ex-wife, Brooke Mueller, and mail her head to her mother. Should we be surprised that the past 20 years of Sheen’s blatant violence against women has not scathed his career?  His twitter feed has reached Guinness World Records proportions, with over one million followers in the short period of a few days following the opening of his account. 

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Is It “Reasonable” to Fear A Former Abuser?

In a new bill, Washington State says if a woman has been a victim of domestic violence and seeks to extend a protection order against her abuser, the burden of proof needs to be on the abuser to show he’s no longer dangerous – not on the victim to prove that her fear is “reasonable” or not.

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Dispelling a Myth: Domestic Violence & The Super Bowl

The myth that violence against women increases on Super Bowl Sunday won’t die. And opponents keep using it as a way to deflect attention from the fact that domestic, dating and sexual violence are serious problems every day, in every community. 

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Arkansas Anti-Choicers Reject Abortion Restriction Bill Because it Included Exceptions for Rape and Incest

A bill to restrict insurance coverage of abortion in Arkansas was tabled after its anti-choice proponents decided they could not abide exceptions for rape and incest.

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Rape Victims Aren’t Victims, According to Georgia Rep.

Rep. Bobby Franklin, a Republican in Georgia, has introduced a bill which would re-classify victims of rape, stalking and family violence to “accusers.”

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Dear Mr. Gibson, Abuse is Abuse.

Just last week, a confession was made by Mel Gibson that he did, in fact, slap Oksana but according to Gibson, he slapped her for her own good…I’m not making this up, folks. He really did say that.

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HuffPo’s Divorce Section: No Room for Reason on Domestic Violence?

HuffPo’s new divorce section features articles by an author whose work is widely rejected by professionals in the medical, psychological and domestic violence communities. Why do they censor comments on his posts?

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Domestic Violence Affects Everyone

The People Opposing Women Abuse (POWA) neighborhood experiment, which was filmed in South Africa using hidden cameras, is a powerful and disturbing one. The PSA begins with a man playing drums in his home late at night. Over the course of the evening, he receives several complaints from neighbors claiming that the noise is too loud.

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