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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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Are Our Children Prepared to Go Back to School?

Autumn has arrived which means it’s back to school time! Gone are the summer days full of long vacations, reading for fun, and lounging by the pool. Instead, parents & children are now concerned with football games, homework, school dances, peer pressure, and grades. Unfortunately, we can add one more thing to the list of things to worry about: dating violence.

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Lapse in Judgement or Abuse of Power?

Last week, it came to light that a prominent Wisconsin prosecutor was at the center of a sexual harassment scandal. A domestic violence victim said that District Attorney Ken Kratz made personal advances towards her through inappropriate text messages. Police documents show dozens of messages that were sent last year while Kratz was prosecuting the woman’s ex-boyfriend’s case.

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One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

When I first heard Eminem and Rihanna’s “Love the Way You Lie”, I was impressed. The lyrics of the song, which depict the cyclical nature of domestic violence, were gripping, raw, and touched me in a way that few songs rarely do. Each verse cycles through the violent argument, the apologetic pleas for forgiveness, and the promises given to the victim to keep her from leaving.  I was pleased to see attention brought to the issue of domestic violence and saw the song as a strong teaching tool… but all that changed once I saw the music video.

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