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Classmate Says Dayton Shooter Connor Betts Targeted Her in High School: ‘We Predicted He Would Do This’
Jessica Masseth was months into her sophomore year at Bellbrook High School in Ohio when she started getting disturbing text messages from a freshman named Connor Betts.

Betts texted that Masseth was on his “rape list,” describing in detail “what he wanted to do” to her, she said—even sending her the list of all of his proposed victims to prove she wasn’t the only one.

Finally, Masseth said she had enough and went to the police.

“I was not surprised at all when I heard his name on the news yesterday,” she said. “We predicted he would do this 10 years ago.”
Police said they do not have a motive for Betts’ deadly rampage, but Masseth, other classmates, and ex-girlfriends said he expressed violent attitudes going back a decade.
Police said Betts arrived in Dayton’s downtown entertainment district Saturday night in his father’s car with with his younger sister, Megan, and a male acquaintance. Betts fatally shot his sister and wounded the acquaintance, who survived, police said. The acquaintance is not suspected to have played a role in the attack, officials say.
massacre  domestic_violence  warning  ignored  rape  police  baffled  sister 
10 weeks ago by Quercki
California keeps a secret list of criminal cops, but says you can't have it
Their crimes ranged from shoplifting to embezzlement to murder. Some of them molested kids and downloaded child pornography. Others beat their wives, girlfriends or children.

The one thing they had in common: a badge.

Thousands of California law enforcement officers have been convicted of a crime in the past decade, according to records released by a public agency that sets standards for officers in the Golden State.

The revelations are alarming, but the state’s top cop says Californians don’t have a right to see them. In fact, Attorney General Xavier Becerra warned two Berkeley-based reporters that simply possessing this never-before-publicly-released list of convicted cops is a violation of the law.

The California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training — known as POST — provided the information last month in response to routine Public Records Act requests from reporters for the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley and its production arm, Investigative Studios.
police  murder  domestic_violence  shoplifting  embezzlement  porn  First_amendment 
february 2019 by Quercki
Chicago Mercy hospital shooting leaves doctor, police officer, pharmacy resident dead - The Washington Post
November 20 at 10:14 AM 2018

CHICAGO — A man showed up at Mercy Hospital on Monday afternoon and opened fire on his former fiancee before turning the gun on others, killing the woman, a police officer and a bystander. The gunman also died at the scene.

The incident, witnesses said, began in the hospital’s parking lot as a domestic argument involving the gunman, identified by police as 32-year-old Juan Lopez, and Tamara O’Neal, a 38-year-old emergency room physician. When a friend attempted to intervene, the gunman lifted his shirt to display a handgun, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said.
domestic_violence  massacre 
november 2018 by Quercki
Texas Attack: The Link Between Shooters and Domestic Abusers | Time
There is no explanation for a slaughter in a church. A shooter’s mind is an unsolvable riddle: nobody can predict which odd loner will turn out to be a sociopath, or which angry outburst presages a massacre. But in hindsight, there are often red flags, and Devin Patrick Kelley displayed plenty of them. He had mental-health problems, a history of animal cruelty and a domestic-violence conviction that should have prevented him from getting a gun. But he got one anyway. Actually, he got four.

On Nov. 5, Kelley, 26, drove to First Baptist Church in tiny Sutherland Springs, Texas, where his wife’s family worshipped. He fired an assault-style rifle into a congregation full of children and grandparents, killing 26 people and injuring 20 more. Survivors said he prowled the aisle looking to shoot crying babies as their mothers huddled under the pews. Among the dead: a toddler, a pastor’s daughter, two first-time attendees and an unborn child. It was a massacre that could never have been predicted. But perhaps it could have been prevented.
massacre  guns  misogyny  domestic_violence 
april 2018 by Quercki
Rob Porter’s history of domestic abuse wasn’t a secret.
As it turns out, the first #MeToo story to actually trip up the White House needed to be as graphic and violent as the accusations against Rob Porter. It needed to involve a Rhodes Scholar golden boy who had been married—married—to old-fashioned girls to even count. This, and indeed the entire situation, provides the perfect mirror to reflect all the ways in which systems, all systems, fail women.
Another thing that is clear from the blog post is that the police knew: Willoughby filed for a protective order in Arlington, Virginia, in 2010, and she called them on at least one other occasion. Both women reported the abuse to elders in their church and to counselors. Holderness told her brother and his girlfriend. And then, as their mutual ex-husband was being cleared for his job in the White House last spring, both women told the FBI. They actually thought, at that point, somebody might care.

Please stop saying that women don’t tell. These women told. They told the stories of likely the most intimate and traumatic moments of their lives to family and church elders and friends and counselors and FBI officers, and they saw the following happen: Porter was not given full clearance. He was, however, given an interim security clearance. Senior staff in the White House knew why his clearance was snagged by the fall. According to Politico, John Kelly, Donald Trump’s chief of staff and Porter’s boss, also knew of the 2010 protective order against Porter. Don McGahn, the White House counsel, also knew, according to Politico, because in recent weeks a third woman, an ex-girlfriend of Porter’s who also works in the Trump administration, told him that Porter had abused her and his two ex-wives.

But right up until 9:31 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday night, John Kelly was standing by Rob Porter. Even when others had distanced themselves, John Kelly reiterated his opinion that Porter had true integrity and honor.
domestic_violence  abuse  #MeToo 
february 2018 by Quercki
Domestic Violence: The Secret Killer That Costs $8.3 Billion Annually p 2/2
The role of family, friends and colleagues

Family members, friends and colleagues are often the first to hear that someone they know is a victim of domestic violence. When people are educated about the frequency of domestic violence, they are more comfortable talking with others. Being able to offer support can mean the difference between life and death. A simple statement like “I'm sorry this is happening to you” is a start. Offering to help the victim obtain assistance – whether through the national domestic violence hotline, a company EAP or a local domestic violence advocacy organization – is a crucial next step.
domestic_violence  solutions 
october 2017 by Quercki
Domestic Violence: The Secret Killer That Costs $8.3 Billion Annually
In the U.S., 24 percent of adult women and 14 percent of adult men have been physically assaulted by a partner at some point in their lives. It is the most common cause of injury for women ages 18 to 44. And it leads to an increased incidence of chronic disease: Abused women are 70 percent more likely to have heart disease, 80 percent more likely to experience a stroke and 60 percent more likely to develop asthma.

Nearly a quarter of employed women report that domestic violence has affected their work performance at some point in their lives. Each year, an estimated 8 million days of paid work is lost in the U.S. because of domestic violence.
domestic_violence  statistics  $ 
october 2017 by Quercki
At his local Starbucks, Las Vegas shooter remembered for berating his girlfriend - LA Times
The workers behind the counter at the  Starbucks inside the Virgin River Casino in Mesquite, Nev., winced whenever Stephen Paddock and his girlfriend, Marilou Danley, lined up for their usual beverages.

That’s because Paddock had a nasty habit of berating Danley in public. “It happened a lot,” Esperanza Mendoza, supervisor of the Starbucks, said Tuesday.
White  male  terrorism  Las_Vegas  sexism  misogyny  domestic_violence 
october 2017 by Quercki
Why the Texas Shooting Is a Deadly Symptom of Male Entitlement and a Gender Issue | Alternet
It’s a sad sign of the collective learned helplessness of Americans when it comes to gun violence that the recent shooting in Plano, Texas — which left nine people dead, including the shooter — has barely registered on the national consciousness. That the murderer was a domestic abuser who was motivated by rage at his wife for leaving him just adds to the collective national shrug. Sure, feminist journalists and bloggers will dutifully note the role that domestic violence plays in mass murders, but beyond that there’s no larger discussion about why so many men get so resentful and angry at women that they lash out, often killing themselves and others in the process.
massacre  murder  domestic_violence  Texas  20170911 
september 2017 by Quercki
Who Is Killing American Women? Their Husbands And Boyfriends, CDC Confirms. | HuffPost
It is already well-established that women in the U.S. are far more likely to be killed by an intimate partner than by any other group of people. As HuffPost previously reported: It’s not strangers, friends or acquaintances who pose the biggest threat to women’s lives. It’s the men they date and marry. 

Around three women a day are murdered by an intimate partner, and in many cases, children and others are also killed. The majority of mass shootings ― defined as four or more people fatally shot, not including the perpetrator ― involve domestic violence.

The CDC found that firearms were used in 54 percent of all female homicides. Limiting access to guns for those subject to a domestic violence protective order could serve as a preventative measure to help reduce deaths, it said.
women  violence  murder  domestic_violence 
september 2017 by Quercki
Another Big Win: SCOTUS Just Banned Domestic Abusers From Owning Firearms
In this morning's 6-2 Supreme Court decision, the crime of reckless domestic violence and abuse is now considered a misdemeanor that justifies firearms possession restriction. What does that mean? It means closing one of the many gaping loopholes in gun control legislation and cracking down on violent domestic crime. Most importantly, it means safer homes for those most at risk: women (especially women of color), LGBTQ+ folks, and children.



The Voisine v. United States decision extended the previous ruling in United States v. Castleman that declared the “firearms possession by convicted felons” illegal. So why wasn’t this a thing before?
guns  domestic_violence  supreme_court 
august 2017 by Quercki
What Mass Killers Really Have in Common
if Trump and Gingrich are truly looking to stem terrorism and mass violence of the sort that happened in Nice, they might do better to look to a different kind of litmus test: domestic violence and grievances against women.
terrorism  domestic_violence 
june 2017 by Quercki
Gunman who shot congressman had history of anti-GOP activity
In April 2006, Hodgkinson was charged with misdemeanor battery after he stormed into a neighbor's house in an attempt to force home a teenage girl who, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, was under guardianship of Hodgkinson and his wife.

Witnesses told deputies that Hodgkinson burst into the home and told his daughter "to get your stuff. It's time to come home," the report said. The daughter refused and locked herself in a bedroom before Hodgkinson again forced his way in and "became violent," grabbing her by her hair and throwing her on the floor, according to the report.

The confrontation spilled outside as the daughter and a friend tried to flee in a car. Hodgkinson used a pocket knife to cut the friend's seat belt and punched that woman in the face.

The teenager's mother entered the fray, hitting her daughter, pulling her hair to get her out of the car and threatening to put her back into foster care, the report said.

After Hodgkinson retreated to his home, he was confronted by the boyfriend of the woman he punched. According to the report, Hodgkinson struck that man in the head with the wooden stock of a 12-gauge shotgun before firing off a round as that man fled.

A judge later returned the teen to the custody of Illinois welfare officials and awarded guardianship to the Hodgkinsons' neighbor, the Post-Dispatch reported. Battery charges against Hodgkinson and his wife were later dismissed.
domestic_violence  assault  congress  republican 
june 2017 by Quercki
Many terrorists' first victims are their wives - but we're not allowed to talk about that
But if we don't care to talk about the role that maleness and masculinity has in such cases, then we definitely don't want to talk about them in relation to Islamic terrorism. But yesterday - Day Three - here it was, a story about one of the London Bridge killers' history of wife-beating and manipulation.

Rachid Redouane kicked and slapped his wife, tried to make her wear the hijab, prevented her from drinking and smoking. He got her pregnant even though it appears that, for him, the marriage was more about getting residency in the UK than love. His control took the form of trying to make her more devout - whereas someone like Lance Hart, with a different set of cultural values behind him, controlled his wife by withholding money and refusing to let her see her friends. 
terrorism  domestic_violence 
june 2017 by Quercki
#960: “Our friend hits women.” | Captain Awkward
You say:

“I have no desire to ostracize Paul.”

How many women would he have to beat up before you & your husband would want to ostracize him?

“It’s not that simple” is the instinctive response. There’s history there. For so long, you didn’t know, or, you didn’t have all the information, or, you didn’t have it from the horse’s mouth.

What if it were that simple, though?
domestic_violence  howto 
may 2017 by Quercki
The San Bernardino gunman had a history of domestic abuse, like most U.S. mass shooters.
in 57 percent of U.S. mass shootings that occurred between January 2009 and June 2014, the perpetrator killed an intimate partner or family member. (Update, April 12, 2017: This week, Everytown reported an extension of the analysis through the end of last year, showing that the total is 54 percent for the 2009-2016 period.) In other words, the average mass shooter in America is a domestic abuser.

Indeed, the world has gotten used to hearing from the U.S. that the shooter had a history of violence against women after yet another horrifying shooting spree. Cho Seung-Hui, the Virginia Tech shooter, was investigated for stalking two female students. Elliot Roger, who killed six people in Isla Vista, California, in 2014, tried to shove several women off a 10-foot ledge at a party and claimed in a “manifesto” that his violence was part of his “war on women.” Esteban Santiago, who killed five people in the Fort Lauderdale airport in January, was charged with assault and accused of choking his girlfriend in two separate domestic-violence complaints in the year before his mass attack. Omar Mateen, the man who killed 49 people and injured 53 at the Pulse gay club in Orlando last summer, reportedly physically abused and falsely imprisoned his ex-wife, Sitora Yusifiy. As Rolling Stone pointed out soon after the massacre, news outlets’ claim that Matten had “no record of previous hate crimes” betrayed a very narrow definition of hate crime—when men abuse their wives, girlfriends, and exes, the violence is inherently misogynist.
domestic_violence  misogyny  massacre  murder  terrorism 
april 2017 by Quercki
Intimate Partner Homicide is An Epidemic Killing Thousands: Why Aren’t We Fighting It At The Source?
As Huffington Post domestic violence reporter Melissa Jeltsen points out, deaths at the hands of intimate partners receive far less attention than those caused by terrorism, despite the former being far more pervasive. "There have been 71 deaths due to extremist attacks on U.S. soil from 2005 to 2015," she writes. "Compare that to the drumbeat of women killed by their intimate partners, which number three daily.” But while ISIS is an obvious target for male politicians, fighting sexism— which takes the life of so many women around the world daily— is not. You can’t promise to bomb the shit out of sexism, or close the borders to misogynists in order to keep the threat out. The threat comes from within: from inside the country, and from inside our very own homes. Men are killing women by the thousands, and here we are demonizing Muslims.

When a terrorist attack occurs, there is always a great deal of hand-wringing if it is discovered that the perpetrator was on a terrorist watch list, that the attack was preventable. But intimate partner violence is one of the most preventable, predictable crimes there is. If there were a national watch list for domestic homicide threats, Cedric Anderson would have been on it. According to the NY Daily News, Anderson had a comprehensive history of violence against women, and had threatened to take his violence to the next level before: in 1997 his ex-wife Natalie sought a restraining order after he threatened to kill her, their kids, and himself. 
domestic_violence  murder  male  violence  terrorism 
april 2017 by Quercki
Download the National Statistics Domestic Violence Fact Sheet

View all our domestic violence fact sheets 

On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men.1
1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of [some form of] physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime.1
1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have been victims of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.1
1 in 7 women and 1 in 18 men have been stalked by an intimate partner during their lifetime to the point in which they felt very fearful or believed that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed.1
On a typical day, there are more than 20,000 phone calls placed to domestic violence hotlines nationwide.9
The presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation increases the risk of homicide by 500%.10
Intimate partner violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime.2
Women between the ages of 18-24 are most commonly abused by an intimate partner.2
19% of domestic violence involves a weapon.2
Domestic victimization is correlated with a higher rate of depression and suicidal behavior.2
Only 34% of people who are injured by intimate partners receive medical care for their injuries.2
1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men in the United States has been raped in their lifetime.1
Almost half of female (46.7%) and male (44.9%) victims of rape in the United States were raped by an acquaintance. Of these, 45.4% of female rape victims and 29% of male rape victims were raped by an intimate partner.11
domestic_violence  rape  murder  statistics  men  abuse  family 
april 2017 by Quercki
Risk Factors for Femicide in Abusive Relationships: Results From a Multisite Case Control Study
Objectives. This 11-city study sought to identify risk factors for femicide in abusive relationships.

Methods. Proxies of 220 intimate partner femicide victims identified from police or medical examiner records were interviewed, along with 343 abused control women.

Results. Preincident risk factors associated in multivariate analyses with increased risk of intimate partner femicide included perpetrator’s access to a gun and previous threat with a weapon, perpetrator’s stepchild in the home, and estrangement, especially from a controlling partner. Never living together and prior domestic violence arrest were associated with lowered risks. Significant incident factors included the victim having left for another partner and the perpetrator’s use of a gun. Other significant bivariate-level risks included stalking, forced sex, and abuse during pregnancy.

Conclusions. There are identifiable risk factors for intimate partner femicides.
domestic_violence  murder  research 
april 2017 by Quercki
Why leaving didn't stop Karen Smith's husband from killing her in San Bernardino.
When relationships turn abusive — or potentially so — friends and family of the victim are often prone to wonder: "Why doesn't he or she simply leave?"

In Smith's case, she did leave. And she was murdered.

"Leaving is not always the immediate safest choice for somebody," says Bryan Pacheco, public relations director for Safe Horizon, an organization that assists victims of relationship and familial abuse.

Frequently, leaving an abusive partner can increase the danger to the victim. One study, which surveyed data from three cities in three English-speaking countries, concluded that women were three times more likely to be murdered by estranged or former husbands than by their current spouses.
domestic_violence  murder  San_Bernardino 
april 2017 by Quercki
The Latest San Bernardino Shooting Reveals A Far More Common Form Of Terror | The Huffington Post
The latest San Bernardino shooting was also an act of terror ― a much more common kind, with a much higher death toll: The kind women face when trapped in abusive relationships.

According to PolitiFact, there have been 71 deaths due to extremist attacks on U.S. soil from 2005 to 2015. Compare that to the drumbeat of women killed by their intimate partners, which number three daily. In California alone, there were 118 domestic violence-related homicides in 2015. On average, there are nearly 11 murder-suicides nationally each week. Most involve a man killing his wife or girlfriend using a gun. But they get little sustained media attention.
domestic_violence  San_Bernardino  murder 
april 2017 by Quercki
Why Isn’t the Media Pointing Out That the San Bernardino Shooter Was an Outspoken Christian?
Why Isn’t the Media Pointing Out That the San Bernardino Shooter Was an Outspoken Christian?
April 10, 2017 by David G. McAfee 772 Comments
A young child and a teacher lost their lives in a horrific murder-suicide at a San Bernardino elementary school Monday, and media reports have neglected to mention that the suspect was identified as a pastor who regularly appeared on a radio show.
Christian  terrorism  domestic_violence 
april 2017 by Quercki
Sex-differences and ‘domestic violence murders’* | Karen Ingala Smith
Combining data for the three years from 2011/12 to 2013/14, the ONS tell us that of 57 men killed in partner/ex-partner homicides, 21 of them, over a third, were killed by a man.  Of these 21 men killed by men in the context of partner/ex-partner homicides, 14 of them were killed by a lover’s spouse/love rival.  Of 249 women killed in partner/ex-partner homicides over the same 3 years, 247 were killed by a man, one by a woman (in one case the primary suspect is listed as unknown).  None of the female victims of partner/ex-partner homicide were killed by the spouse of their lover or an emotional rival. Similarly, no male victims of partner/ex-partner homicide were killed by a female spouse of their lover or a female emotional rival. Not only are men killed in the context of an intimate relationship less likely to be killed by their actual partner or ex-partner, they are much more likely than women to be killed by someone of the same sex.
murder  domestic_violence  statistics  male  violence 
march 2017 by Quercki
4 Steps To Shut Down ALL Types Of Bullying - UST
It’s a proven psychological method called “non-complimentary behaviour (NCB),” and it is the basis behind Maeril’s illustrated 4-step guide. Essentially, NCB is when we respond in an opposite manner than someone expects us to.

Recently, the podcast Invisibilia illuminated the effects of non-complimentary behaviour when they discussed the events of a dinner party in Washington, D.C.: An armed robber entered the building with his gun drawn. Then, one man asked the robber if he would like to sit down and join him for a glass of wine. To everyone’s relief, the robber appeared to relax and put his gun away. He then apologized and left.
comic  bullying  Islamaphobia  domestic_violence 
september 2016 by Quercki
Alameda County Sheriff's deputy linked to Celeste Guap is fired -
ALAMEDA COUNTY -- The Alameda County Sheriff's Office on Friday fired a deputy linked to a sexually exploited teenager and who was charged with several misdemeanors for violating a restraining order filed by his wife.

Deputy Travis Brannon, who has been on leave, was terminated Friday, Sgt. Ray Kelly said.

"He is no longer employed by the sheriff's office. We cannot comment any further regarding personnel matters," Kelly said.

Brannon was charged with 18 misdemeanor counts for disobeying and violating a restraining order filed by his wife, who said she feared for her life after the deputy threatened her.

The Alameda County Sheriff's Office on Friday, August 26, fired Deputy Travis Brannon, who is linked to a sexually exploited teenger and who was charged with several misdemeanors for violating a restraining order filed by his wife. (David DeBolt)
According to court papers and police reports, Brannon allegedly told her he had connections to the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club and would "have her killed and fed to pigs if she ever did or said anything to hurt his job as a deputy."

The order was filed Oct. 20 and Brannon immediately and repeatedly violated it by contacting the woman, even from his Oakland jail cell following his arrest, court records show.

He and his wife were each arrested for domestic violence in August 2015, according to police records.

He and his wife were each arrested for domestic violence in August 2015, according to police records.

A call on Friday to his attorney, Joseph Cox, was not returned.


Earlier this month, Sgt. J.D. Nelson said Brannon was on leave when the Sheriff's office learned of his association with the young woman who goes by the name Celeste Guap. Guap, the daughter of an Oakland police dispatcher, has said that she had sex with about 30 police officers, including four Alameda County Sheriff's deputies. She has not publicly named Brannon as one of the officers.

Some of the encounters with Oakland officers and a Contra Costa sheriff's deputy happened before she turned 18. Multiple investigations of police officers are continuing. The Alameda County Sheriff's Office completed its own investigation; none of the four deputies were placed on leave.

Brannon's last assignment was on patrol out of the Eden Township station in San Leandro, Nelson said. He formerly worked as a resource officer at Castro Valley High School.

David DeBolt covers Oakland. Contact him at 510-208-6453. Follow him at
Alameda  sheriff  domestic_violence  child  prostitution 
august 2016 by Quercki
It's Time To Recognize What Many Mass Murderers Share In Common
In the U.S., most mass shootings are related to domestic violence. Last year, Everytown for Gun Safety examined five years’ worth of data on shootings in which at least four people were killed with a gun (a common definition of mass shootings), and found that in 57 percent of the attacks, the perpetrator targeted either a family member or an intimate partner.

These acts of carnage, in general, do not make front-page news. They might not seem as scary to the public, because they don’t involve random targets or typically occur in public places. But it’s important to recognize that in these shootings, the victims are predominantly women and children.
massacre  domestic_violence 
july 2016 by Quercki
What Mass Killers Really Have in Common -- The Cut
But if Trump and Gingrich are truly looking to stem terrorism and mass violence of the sort that happened in Nice, they might do better to look to a different kind of litmus test: domestic violence and grievances against women. Early reports suggest that Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, who drove a rented truck through a crowd of Bastille Day revelers on Thursday night, killing more than 80 including at least ten children, may not have been devout, but he did have a criminal record of domestic violence. A neighbor claimed he would “rant about his wife,” who left him two years ago.

This history of domestic violence puts Bouhlel in the horrific company of many mass murderers. Omar Mateen, who last month killed 49 people and wounded 53 others in a mass shooting at an Orlando gay club, had an extensive history of domestic abuse.
massacre  domestic_violence  misogyny  men 
july 2016 by Quercki
The Role Of Toxic Masculinity In Mass Shootings | ThinkProgress
Between 2009 and 2012, 40 percent of mass shootings started with a shooter targeting his girlfriend, wife, or ex-wife. Last year alone, nearly a third of mass shooting deaths were related in some way to domestic violence. And when you look beyond public shootings, the majority of mass shootings in this country actually take place inside the home, as men target the women and children they're intimately related to.
Employing harassment, violence, and coercion against women has long been considered a normal way for men to behave in romantic relationships, as deeply ingrained gender norms teach men that they're entitled to women's bodies. This toxic approach to masculinity has been directly linked to the sense of entitlement that drives many mass shooters to commit their crimes.
men  murder  massacre  domestic_violence 
june 2016 by Quercki
In Orlando, as Usual, Domestic Violence Was Ignored Red Flag | Rolling Stone
The Washington Post reported Monday that "although family members said Mateen had expressed anger about homosexuality, the shooter had no record of previous hate crimes." But that depends on how you categorize domestic violence.

Mateen's coworker, Daniel Gilroy, who requested a transfer so he wouldn't have to work with Mateen, describes him as "scary in a concerning way.... He had anger management issues. Something would set him off, but the things that would set him off were always women, race or religion. [Those were] his button pushers."

Mateen reportedly beat his ex-wife, Sitora Yusifiy, and at one point held her hostage, but was never held accountable. She divorced him after only four months of marriage, citing his mental-health issues. Her family, she says, had to "pull [her] out of his arms." She describes Mateen as practicing his religion — Islam — but showing "no sign" of violent radicalism. It's understandable what she means there, but perhaps it's time our society started to think of physical abuse, possessiveness and men's entitlement to act in those ways toward women as terroristic, violent and radical.
domestic_violence  terrorism  solutions  Orlando 
june 2016 by Quercki
Bernie Sanders voted for the 1994 tough-on-crime law. But it's complicated. - Vox
Sanders voted for the crime bill, largely because it included some provisions that he strongly approved of, like the Violence Against Women Act and a 10-year assault weapons ban. And he backed more funding for police, which the 1994 law included and remains a popular way to fight crime among liberals and conservatives.

But in other instances, Sanders voted against tough-on-crime measures. He voted against the 1991 crime bill. He voted against banning Pell grants (for college) for prisoners. He voted to amend the 1994 crime law to ban the federal death penalty. And he voted against the Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996, which stripped defendants and prisoners of their ability to contest court rulings — even when the rulings may be unconstitutional.

But mostly, Sanders didn't really seem to care much about criminal justice policy. To him, the root of many of America's problems, including crime, has always been the economy and economic inequality in particular. The tough-on-crime push never fit into his ideals.
Bernie_Sanders  Hillary  crime  domestic_violence 
february 2016 by Quercki
A Criminal Justice System That Won’t Police Itself, Can’t Be Trusted to Police Communities — Medium
To that end, there is one glaring and critical hole in everything I’ve read and heard this week: No one is talking about what it means that, in at least two self-reported surveys, up to forty percent — 40% — of police families experience domestic violence. There is no baseline for trust that does not aggressively address the fact that many of the people tasked with keeping us safe are, by their own admission, regularly endangering their own families. Nor is trust possible when these officers continue to be protected by the institutions authorized to uphold the law.
A criminal justice system in which officers are significantly more likely (estimates range from between four and 15 times the national average) to be involved in intimate partner violence does not serve its citizens safely and efficaciously.
A criminal justice system that allows more than 25% police officers accused of domestic violence, as is the case in Florida, to stay in their jobs does not serve its citizens safely and efficaciously.
domestic_violence  police  racism  misogyny  trust 
october 2015 by Quercki
Advocates for survivors of domestic violence join forces to end the crime | Oakland North
For people living in a domestic violence situation and looking for resources in Oakland, there are a number of agencies that can help:

A Safe Place offers a 24-hour crisis line (510) 536-7233. It also provides an emergency shelter as well as counseling, support groups, household establishment assistance, court and social services advocacy, and community outreach and education. Website:

Alameda County Family Justice Center provides shelter and housing assistance, counseling for adults and children, criminal justice information and assistance, and connections to a number of agencies and programs. Telephone: (510) 267-8800. Website:

Shalom Bayit provides safety planning, phone and individual counseling, support groups, healing rituals, and court accompaniment for Jewish women who are victims of domestic violence. Telephone: (866) SHALOM-7. Website:

Safe Passages offers a continuum of services for vulnerable children and youth to help them succeed. Telephone: (510) 238-6368. Website:

Family Violence Law Center provides a 24-hour crisis hotline at (800) 947-8301, as well as an array of legal services, crisis intervention, safety planning, and a mobile response team that offers on-site response and emergency relocation assistance for survivors in immediate danger. Website:

The greater Bay Area has many more organizations working for survivors of domestic violence. For a comprehensive list, visit

domestic_violence  solutions 
october 2015 by Quercki
East Bay Lawyer Makes Domestic Abusers Pay | East Bay Express
In August 2012, Canlas launched the Alipato Project to represent survivors of intimate partner abuse and sue for financial damages. She named the organization after her great grandfather Luis Taruc whose revolutionary nickname was Alipato, which in Tagalog means the burning ember that escapes the fire — or, in the case of Canlas, the spark that spreads the fire.

Canlas represents middle- and low-income survivors whose batterers are middle-to-high income. On top of simply seeking compensation for what the law allows survivors to collect, she's working to spark greater awareness — both among lawyers as well as the public — that there is more than criminal law available to victims as recourse against abuse.

"It's not used anywhere — this is a national problem," said Lemon, who wrote one of the first legal textbooks on domestic violence. "I have run into many, many family law attorneys who haven't even thought of using civil suits. I think it's appalling." Lemon said that in law school, most professors cover negligent torts, such as filing lawsuits over faulty airbags, and not intentional torts, such as suing a partner for breaking your jaw.
domestic_violence  lawsuit  solutions 
may 2015 by Quercki
Till death do us part | A Post and Courier Special Report
More than 300 women were shot, stabbed, strangled, beaten, bludgeoned or burned to death over the past decade by men in South Carolina, dying at a rate of one every 12 days while the state does little to stem the carnage from domestic abuse.

More than three times as many women have died here at the hands of current or former lovers than the number of Palmetto State soldiers killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars combined.

It’s a staggering toll that for more than 15 years has placed South Carolina among the top 10 states nationally in the rate of women killed by men. The state topped the list on three occasions, including this past year, when it posted a murder rate for women that was more than double the national rate.

Awash in guns, saddled with ineffective laws and lacking enough shelters for the battered, South Carolina is a state where the deck is stacked against women trapped in the cycle of abuse, a Post and Courier investigation has found.

Couple this with deep-rooted beliefs about the sanctity of marriage and the place of women in the home, and the vows “till death do us part” take on a sinister tone.

The beat of killings has remained a constant in South Carolina, even as domestic violence rates have tumbled 64 percent nationwide over the past two decades, according to an analysis of crime statistics by the newspaper. This blood has spilled in every corner of the state, from beach towns and mountain hamlets to farming villages and sprawling urban centers, cutting across racial, ethnic and economic lines.
domestic_violence  murder  report  South_Carolina 
may 2015 by Quercki
Do The NFL's Anti-Domestic Violence Initiatives Actually Even Exist?
There are many organizations doing great and important work to prevent domestic violence and spread awareness of it. But the NFL, curiously, is using the power of its brand and of a Super Bowl audience of more than than 100 million to draw attention to No More, described by the New York Times as a "coalition among various groups combating domestic violence and sexual assault" with a staff of four part-time consultants and no full-time employees. Note that there's one word absent from the Times report and No More's website: nonprofit.

I'm not quite sure what No More is. It doesn't call itself a nonprofit, and nonprofit tracker GuideStar had no 990 forms for any groups with that specific name. There's not much information on No More's website itself. I searched for a mailing address, an office, or even a state it might be registered in but found nothing except "location: nationwide." The link to donate gives you a page listing other domestic violence groups. When I clicked on "who is behind no more," I hoped to finally find some people's names.

SO MANY BRANDS! The top nine "executive committee members" are almost all brands or, to be a bit more specific, the charitable arms created by brands in their attempts to appear socially conscious. The only exception is the Joyful Heart Foundation, started by Law and Order: SVU actress Mariska Hargitay. The brand-and-celebrity-free nonprofits don't start until No. 10. Also, aren't committees made up of people?

I scrolled down to the steering committee members and got a list of anti-domestic violence groups. The allies list also didn't produce any people either. Running through page after page after page didn't find me a single name of a person. Even the press releases lack the name of a No More spokesperson or No More contact info. Is this the domestic violence equivalent of The Human Fund? The Times story quotes one person from No More—director Virginia Witt. On her Linkedin page, she doesn't list No More as her job. It's under volunteer work.
football  NFL  domestic_violence  false  solutions 
february 2015 by Quercki
Judiciary Committee Examines the Effect of Gun Violence on Women in America | Press Releases | United States Senator Sheldon Whitehouse
Under current federal law, individuals convicted of domestic violence misdemeanors are not allowed to possess or purchase a gun – but the term “domestic violence” only applies to crimes committed by spouses, co-habitating partners, or co-parents.  Abusive dating partners are responsible for killing more women in America than spouses, but are not covered by the domestic violence restriction on gun ownership.  Convicted stalkers are also free to own guns, despite the fact that stalking is a proven predictor of violence.  Our national background check system is also frequently evaded by individuals not allowed to purchase firearms by law.

“Closing the dating partner loophole would save lives, plain and simple,” Whitehouse said in his opening remarks. 
domestic_violence  murder  guns  law  legislation 
august 2014 by Quercki
The Washington Post Misused the Data on Violence Against Women | FiveThirtyEight
One of the charts used in the article (seen at left) comes from a Department of Justice study published in 2012. I got in touch with the study’s author, Shannon Catalano, a statistician at the Bureau of Justice Statistics, who said her chart was presented without sufficient context.

She told me in an email:

The BJS chart used here is limited to one variable, household composition, when we know from previous research that violence is associated with a multitude of factors. Though other researchers have examined these factors, the purpose of the BJS report was not to identify these other factors.

The graph which they used from my report does show clear differences between intimate violence rates — but that is because it is only showing one variable; household composition. The story could change if we started to control for other factors.

We know, for example, that victimization (for several types of violence including intimate partner violence) is much higher for younger males and females, particularly between the ages of 18-24.

Women are getting married later in life – two years later than in the 1990s — which may at least partly explain why the rates of intimate partner violence are lower for married women.
domestic_violence  data  lies 
june 2014 by Quercki
Rape victims continue to be left out of media narratives. | : Jessica Luther Article
As the feminist blogger Glosswitch recently argued in the New Statesman (before Evans' day releases were announced), discussions around convicted sports stars often begin and end with the topic of the player's life and career being irrevocably harmed: "Where is Evans' shattered reputation, his ruined life, his permanent ostracism? It's not that I want these things -- what good would they do? -- but since they're part of the standard media narrative, I can't help feeling that we're owed them. Otherwise what was all the talk of a career in ruins ever meant to achieve?" How many people here in the United States have laughed along with Mike Tyson in The Hangover or know something about how much he loves his pet pigeons? How many of those same people can name the woman he was convicted of raping or know a single thing about her life now and the impact of that assault on her?

The Evans case is the most recent example of how the celebrity of sports trumps the fact that these cases have victims -- victims who are actively written out of the narratives that surround these stories of redemption. This case is not unusual.
rape  domestic_violence  maleprivilege 
june 2014 by Quercki
Beyond recognition: the incredible story of a face transplant | The Verge
at 5AM on February 14th, 2013, Carmen Tarleton was wheeled into an operating room at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA, for an experimental procedure that would replace her own scarred, mangled face with that of recently deceased 56-year-old Cheryl Denelli-Righter. If the surgeons succeeded, Tarleton would become just the seventh American patient to undergo a risky, experimental procedure known as a face transplant.
face  transplant  domestic_violence 
august 2013 by Quercki
Massachusetts figured out a simple solution to prevent domestic homicide: Target abusers.
one solution that's being implemented in Massachusetts. Domestic violence social workers there developed a high-risk assessment team that, using statistical methods and employing the court system in creative ways, has figured out a way to target the men most likely to kill and take special care to make it that much harder for them to do so. Kelly Dunne started the Domestic Violence High Risk Team in 2005, and since then, not a single case she's taken on has ended in murder, and the men who have been sentenced to GPS tracking have not committed any future acts of violence. In addition, the team has done wonders to help victims return to normal life:
Dunne also notes that, of the hundred and six high-risk cases documented in the team’s most recent report, only eight women were forced to seek refuge in shelters. She estimated that, before the formation of the high-risk team, ninety per cent of similar cases would have resulted in the women’s going into shelters.

How do they do it? They take the details of each reported case of abuse, looking at risk factors such as stalking and chronic unemployment, and rate each abuser on a point system for how violent and controlling he is. Men who are rated high are then subject to heightened risk monitoring, and their victims are given extra resources to stay safe. If the abusers start acting up, they can have their child visitations terminated or be made to wear GPS trackers. They may even be put in jail or in a psychiatric hospital for violating probation or restraining orders—courtesy of a preventive detention program that was mostly used to prevent gang or drug violence in the past, a program that gives the government leeway to restrain you even if your behavior otherwise falls short of the threshold to charge you with further crimes. 
violence  domestic_violence  solution 
july 2013 by Quercki
The Michigan Women's Justice & Clemency Project
A. The Epidemic of Domestic Violence in America
1. Statistics
2. What is Domestic Violence?
B. Self-Defense and The Battered Woman Syndrome
1. The Origins of Battered Woman Syndrome?
2. Expanding and Alternative Views of the Battered Woman Syndrome
C. When Women Strike Back
1. Facts About Women Who Kill Their Abusers
2. Systemic Prejudice in Michigan
3. Why Didn't She "Just Leave?"
domestic_violence  statistics  research  violence  murder 
december 2012 by Quercki
No Excuses – No Victim Blaming « Fat Heffalump

If you do not like a woman, walk away.  Don’t pursue her into her space either online or physically.  Do not force her to pay attention to you when she does not want to.  Do not bully her anonymously to try to shame or silence her.  Don’t try to passive aggressively shame her by claiming you are offering “constructive criticism” when she does not want it and you are in her space.  You are not “offering” anything, you are forcing her, and that is violence against her.  Don’t recruit your friends or men to bully her if she doesn’t respond to your demands.  Do not abuse her for being rude if she walks away from you or tells you to leave her alone, even if she says “fuck off” in doing so.   She has every right to do so and owes you nothing.

If you really believe you are superior to someone, then you will walk away from them secure in that knowledge.  A better human being always will.

We live in a horrifically victim blaming culture.  We harass women online and off, threaten and bully them into submission, shame them when we deem that they are unworthy or inferior.  We get angry at women who stay in abusive relationships, but also deny them support and protection if they leave those relationships.  We shame them for not standing by their man, not standing on their own two feet, not caring enough about their children, not trying hard enough to make things better.  All the while we absolve the perpetrators of any responsibility.  We deny women support financially and emotionally when they leave abusive relationships, shame them for being “single mothers” or “sluts” or “a drain on society” for needing financial assistance when a partner has financially abused them and their children.  In the same breath that we tell women to give men “the benefit of the doubt”, we then blame her if she does and it turns bad.
violence  victim-blaming  domestic_violence  misogyny  trolls  *** 
december 2012 by Quercki
Oakland: Three time felon admits to killing girlfriend found near Lake Merritt, court records show - Marin Independent Journal
OAKLAND -- A 27-year-old man who has three prior felony convictions has admitted to killing his girlfriend, who was found covered in blood and not breathing early Tuesday morning at Lake Merritt, according to court documents.

The suspect, Dominic Daniel, was sentenced to probation in each of the previous cases, and was still serving his probationary term on the most recent conviction when he was arrested Tuesday, records show.

The victim, Tsega Tesfoy Tsegay, 33, lived with Daniel in Oakland, police said. Police Officer Randolph Brandwood said that Daniel admitted that he assaulted his "common-law wife, causing injuries which caused her death," according to charging documents filed in Alameda County Superior Court.

Daniel was charged with murder Thursday by the Alameda County District Attorney's office and remains in Santa Rita Jail in Dublin without bail. He was arraigned on the charge Thursday afternoon.

Police initially said the woman was found on the ground, with massive head trauma, by a jogger near the southern end of Lake Merritt at 6:10 a.m. Tuesday.

Brandwood's report, however, said Daniel was arrested at 5:45 a.m. and "the subject observed pulling woman from Lake Merritt (sic)." It was not clear who pulled the woman from the lake near the 1500 block of Lakeshore Avenue.

Daniel was at the scene, police said. He also was covered in blood, but was not seriously injured, police said. He was immediately detained


and later arrested on suspicion of murder.
Oakland  murder  domestic_violence  Occupy_Oakland 
august 2012 by Quercki
“Why did you put up with it?” The sexual harassment and domestic violence continuum « The Delphiad Blog
Those who claim women are exaggerating the problem of violence will point to the fact that many women making accusations “didn’t try to stop” the abuse. They ask why a woman claiming harassment didn’t tell the man to quit it or be quiet. Of course, we all know she will be told, by someone who can fire her, that she “can’t take a joke” or “has an attitude problem”; but because this has not yet happened, it cannot be inferred, clamour the denalists. She has to lose her job first, then she can say that she has a problem. Except then, she will be a bitter ex-employee. In the case of physical battering, the denialists ask why she didn’t call the police or leave her husband, as if she were the one who should lose everything, having exhibited the bad judgment of getting herself beaten.
november 2011 by Quercki
Surveillance for Violent Deaths --- National Violent Death Reporting System, 16 States, 2008
Intimate-Partner Related Homicide
The 16 NVDRS states included in this report collected data concerning 561 incidents comprising 617 deaths of intimate partner related homicide that occurred during 2008. Of 617 homicide victims, 379 (61.4%) were female. Although 56.9% of homicide victims were non-Hispanic whites, rates were higher for AI/ANs and non-Hispanic blacks (1.5 per 100,000 population each). Of 531 suspects, 434 (81.7%) were male; 254 (47.8%) were non-Hispanic whites and 160 (30.1%) non-Hispanic blacks. The highest percentages of victims and suspects (25.4% and 23.9%, respectively) were persons aged 35--44 years. The highest percentage (43.3%) of victims were married at the time of death (Table 30). Tests for alcohol were conducted for 78.9% of victims. Of the 36.8% of decedents who tested positive for alcohol, 64.3% had a BAC of >0.08 g/dL. The percentage of victims tested for substances other than alcohol varied (range: 34.7%--55.1%) for various drugs; marijuana and cocaine were evident in approximately 12% and 11% of victims tested for these substances respectively (Table 31).
murder  suicide  domestic_violence  statistics  CDC 
august 2011 by Quercki
Statistics On Domestic Violence: Silent Witness National Initiatve
Domestic Violence: - Everyone's Issue

Female murder victims are substantially more likely than male murder victims to have been killed by an intimate.
In recent years - From US Department of Justice-Office of Justice Programs 2004

About one third of female murder victims were killed by an intimate.
About 3% of male murder victims were killed by an intimate.
Of all female murder victims, the proportion killed by an intimate declined slightly until 1995 when the proportion began increasing, although it has stabilized recently.
Of male murder victims, the proportion killed by an intimate has dropped.<
murder  domestic_violence  statistics 
july 2011 by Quercki
BEYOND MANNING UP: An NYC Paramedic Speaks Out About Men’s Violence Against Women | Racialicious - the intersection of race and pop culture
When I first started in EMS, I was struck by how many domestic violence calls we got. Within weeks, it became a regular part of the night, just another bloody dispute amongst the asthma attacks, strokes, shootings etc.
. . . .

I finally shut up and listened to what women around me were saying, what they’d always been saying, what my own life was telling me: that the physical, mental, spiritual violence that men commit against women is so wrapped in the fabric of society that it seeps into our subconscious, poisons our relationships to each other and ourselves. It’s a matter of life and death, not just because of the enormous amount of men that kill women every year but because of the lethal fallout of the patriarchal mindset, which asks us to make insanely unhealthy choices in the name of ‘manning up.’
domestic_violence  misogyny  sexism 
march 2011 by Quercki
Violence UnSilenced
This is a website where readers submit their personal experiences of domestic violence, sexual abuse, and rape. Many of the accounts are heart-wrenching and brutal, and may trigger a response in the survivors who read. Please only enter this site if you are emotionally supported and physically safe.
rape  domestic_violence  pro-voice  stories 
march 2011 by Quercki
Men Stopping Violence - Home
Men Stopping Violence works locally, nationally, and internationally to dismantle belief systems, social structures, and institutional practices that oppress women and children and dehumanize men themselves. We look to the violence against women's movement to keep the reality of the problem and the vision of the solution before us. We believe that all forms of oppression are interconnected. Social justice work in the areas of race, class, gender, age, and sexual orientation are all critical to ending violence against women.
men  solutions  domestic_violence 
march 2011 by Quercki
"My Boyfriend Stole My Birth Control": When Men Force Women to Get Pregnant Against Their Will | | AlterNet
the striking frequency with which it is in fact young men who try to force their partners to get pregnant. Their goal: not to settle down as family men but rather to exert what is perhaps the most intimate, and lasting, form of control. (“Control” may also include attempts to force both pregnancy and abortion, even in the same relationship.) Together with earlier small-scale studies and reports by those in the field, the new figures help fill out the picture of a long-known, but under-addressed, phenomenon now referred to as "reproductive coercion,” in which abusive partners subject young women already at risk of violence to the additional health risks of pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. The new data confirm that we must expand not only our assumptions about who’s forcing whom to get pregnant but also our understanding of the meaning and causes of “unwanted” pregnancy. “If we are serious about stopping unplanned pregnancy in this country, we simply must address
domestic_violence  abortion  men 
june 2010 by Quercki
SF Gate:Oakland police seek to cut response time
Oakland police have been taking an average of 15 minutes to get to the scene of some of the city's most violent 911 emergencies, including fights in progress and domestic violence. . . .

Police Chief Anthony Batts is changing that by expanding the list of crimes that dispatchers and police must treat with the highest urgency - a Code 3, which directs officers to exceed the speed limit by up to 20 mph and drive through red lights after stopping to check for traffic.

The change, which took effect March 21, elevates such calls as a person screaming, domestic violence and fights to the top of the list along with shootings, homicides and robberies in progress.

On the first day of the new rule, it was used seven times to send officers out on Code 3s - and officers caught five suspects at the scenes, including a man dragging a woman down the street, dispatchers and police said.
Oakland  police  domestic_violence  solutions  crime 
may 2010 by Quercki
linkspam: Why didn’t you call the police? Part One | The Angry Black Woman
Because you cannot trust them. No really.

Of course, not all of them do that. But how do you know that your cop won’t?

And even when you get a good cop, the system and society itself is really, really, really really, fucked.

And then to top it off, POC face the extra burden of cops deciding to frame men of color instead of investigating to find out the real rapist. (And do not even BEGIN to think that you can use that last sentence to start propagandizing about how all women are liars and how all rape cases are made up etc. I will delete your comment and ban your ass so fast your head will spin. Just go read this: The Duke Lacrosse Case: Exploiting the issue of false rape accusations Thanks Alas a Blog). The point of the comment is that race and class sometimes intersect in the criminal justice system so that instead of properly investigating crimes, the police will go after vulnerable populations because it is easier.)
violence  domestic_violence  misogyny  racism  police  links 
may 2010 by Quercki
Guns are a world issue that hits close to home « The Delphiad Blog
One third of all guns in the world are in the U.S. And half the guns used to commit crimes in Canada come from south of the border. So yes, this country needs and wants an International Arms Treaty. “Here in Canada we live next to a country with as many guns as people and those guns are killing Canadians. This is the main argument for an international agreement,” asserted Coalition for Gun Control president Wendy Cukier during an April 22 conference in Toronto.
guns  violence  murder  femicide  Canada  domestic_violence 
april 2010 by Quercki
FWD/Forward » Cycles Are Hard To Break: Disability and Domestic Violence
According to a 1997 study which I see cited in a lot of places but can’t actually find a copy of, unfortunately, 85% of women with disabilities in the United States have experienced domestic violence. Other studies pinpoint the rate at lower levels, but seem to generally agree that women with disabilities are at least twice as likely as able women to experience domestic violence and intimate partner abuse.

For women with disabilities, domestic violence is a very serious issue which is complicated by disability. It can take many forms, including insidious ones which outsiders would not necessarily recognize as domestic violence, and intervention becomes complex when you realize that many crisis and counseling centers are inaccessible. The limited resources available to able women are even more limited for disabled women.
domestic_violence  disability 
january 2010 by Quercki

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