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For untold numbers of women and children around the globe, the coronavirus pandemic has meant a twofold threat: The risk of catching a deadly virus coupled with the peril of being locked in confined spaces with increasingly violent abusers.
A three-day hackathon produced a promising set of mobile apps for helping women in crisis, and for stopping violence against women before it occurs.
At least 26 women and girls have been killed during the coronavirus lockdown, and others were trapped with abusers. But pleas for emergency support have largely gone unanswered. READ MORE
Senators Bob Casey and Lisa Murkowski introduced a bill on Thursday that would temporarily waive matching requirements for federal funding. READ MORE
TEXTS TO FEDERAL GOVERNMENT MENTAL HEALTH HOTLINE UP ROUGHLY 1,000%
Text messages to the federal government’s disaster distress hotline increased by more than 1,000 percent in April — a month most Americans spent under lockdown because of the novel coronavirus READ MORE
With domestic violence rising, DV shelters struggle to protect victims from both their abusers and the coronavirus. READ MORE
Over two dozen senators called for more resources for victims of intimate partner violence, sexual assault and family violence, in two letters shared with HuffPost. READ MORE
RIHANNA AND TWITTER CEO DONATING $4.2 MILLION TO HELP L.A. DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS
Rihanna and Jack Dorsey are joining forces to send millions to people in need of safety and protection they can't get at home during the coronavirus lockdown. READ MORE
A NEW COVID-19 CRISIS: DOMESTIC ABUSE RISES WORLDWIDE
Movement restrictions aimed to stop the spread of the coronavirus may be making violence in homes more frequent, more severe and more dangerous. READ MORE
How a survivor of domestic violence, now working as a cop in the bayou, made her small community a model for the rest of the country. READ MORE
FRANCE TO PUT DOMESTIC ABUSE VICTIMS IN HOTELS AFTER JUMP IN NUMBERS
They would pay for hotel rooms for victims of domestic violence and open pop-up counseling centers after figures showed the number of abuse cases had soared during the first week of a lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus. READ MORE
Two dozen senators urged the Trump administration to not forget domestic violence survivors as the government addresses the pandemic. READ MORE
It hurts not only the kids who witness the violence, but also their classmates. The harm is evident in lower test scores as well as lower rates of college attendance and completion. And the impact extends past graduation — it can be seen in lower earnings later in life. READ MORE
NEW APPROACH TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IS HELPING SAVE LIVES
A Massachusetts killing spurred advocates to develop the domestic violence high-risk team, a new approach that's been replicated across the country to help survivors escape the cycle of domestic violence READ MORE
In 1997, Orantes was killed by her husband after she went on television to describe his abuse. Her story led to major legal reforms to protect women from domestic violence. READ MORE
AS HOMICIDES DROP IN L.A., MORE WOMEN ARE BEING KILLED — OFTEN BY INTIMATE PARTNERS
"It happens in the shadows; it happens in the home"
The Times examined L.A. County coroner’s records of all homicides of women over the last three years — nearly 300 deaths. READ MORE
I KILLED MY PARTNER. IT SAVED MY LIFE.
While she and her children slept, Arlene Adams was attacked by their abusive father. Defending herself, she killed him. She served her time, and is now rebuilding her life. READ MORE
WHY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE KILLS SO MANY WOMEN AND CHILDREN IN AMERICA
Women and children in the U.S. are hardly any safer from domestic abuse or from violence outside the home by intimate partners—and guns are largely to blame. Intimate partner homicides that involve firearms are increasing, research shows, while those involving other weapons, like knives, are falling. Between 2010 and 2017, intimate partner homicides that involved guns increased by 26%, a study found in March. READ MORE
SENATOR BLUMENTHAL DEMANDS THE NFL TAKE A TOUGHER STANCE ON PLAYERS CHARGED WITH DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Senator Richard Blumenthal called the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell out and demanded the league take a tougher stance on players charged with domestic violence. READ MORE
THE HOUSE APPROVED A REVAMPED VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT TO COMBAT THE NRA
On Thursday, the House rejected a lobbying campaign by the N.R.A and approved a revamped Violence Against Women Act expanding law enforcement’s ability to restrict convicted domestic abusers from purchasing guns. READ MORE
THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT WAS SIGNED 25 YEARS AGO.
HERE'S HOW THE LAW CHANGED AMERICAN CULTURE.
Biden has called that law, the Violence Against Women Act, the legislation he is “proudest” of from his career in the Senate. READ MORE