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Gardening Program Helps San Quentin Parolees Adjust to Life on the Outside

May 13, 2014

Gardening Program Helps San Quentin Parolees Adjust to Life on the Outside

 

By Genevieve Bookwalter

Anthony Forrest has lived almost half of his 52 years behind bars.

He’s been in and out of prison for much of his life, spending a total of 25 years incarcerated, he said.

Less than two months before he left San Quentin State Prison for the last time, Forrest said, he knelt down and prayed for help turning his life around.

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Sexual Assault Response Teams Collect Evidence with Care

May 7, 2014

Sexual Assault Response Teams Collect Evidence with Care

By Lily Dayton

Thirty years ago, a rape victim faced a daunting battle if she tried to seek treatment or report an attack. She was often interviewed insensitively by police investigators, who asked victim-blaming questions such as, What were you doing there? or Why were you wearing that?, explains Perla Flores, division director at Community Solutions in Santa Clara County.

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Proposed Legislation Aims to Protect Victims of Sexual Assault

May 1, 2014

Proposed Legislation Aims to Protect Victims of Sexual Assault

By Lily Dayton

After years of experience on the stand as an advocate for victims of sexual assault, Kasey Halcón knows first-hand how emotionally disturbing it is for victims of rape, child molestation and other types of sex crimes to testify in the courtroom.

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Working with Men to Stop Domestic Violence at its Source

April 29, 2014

Working with Men to Stop Domestic Violence at its Source

By Lily Dayton

“We can help one woman and keep her safe, but her abuser will very likely hurt someone else. So how can we stop triaging?”

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Military Sexual Trauma, PTSD and Domestic Violence Often Begin Before Service

April 17, 2014

Military Sexual Trauma, PTSD and Domestic Violence Often Begin Before Service

By Angela Woodall

Amber Yeager walked into a recruiter’s office 15 years ago in Sacramento and enlisted in the Army. She was 24, the mother of a toddler and desperate to escape violence and abuse at home, first as a young girl then as a wife. College was the only way she saw out and the Army was the only way to pay for it. The military barred single mothers so she stayed married. “I wanted a better life for my daughter,” Yeager said.

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Mental Health Courts Give Mentally Ill Offenders the Option of Treatment

April 15, 2014

Mental Health Courts Give Mentally Ill Offenders the Option of Treatment

By Lynn Graebner

As the number of jail and prison inmates with mental illness increases, addressing the problem is becoming even more critical. In the 1980s, 8 percent of jail and prison inmates in the state had serious mental illness. Now, 20 percent do.

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Teen Dating Violence Common for both Boys and Girls

March 25, 2014

Teen Dating Violence Common for both Boys and Girls

By Lily Dayton

Teen dating violence has become a widespread occurrence. One in three American youths between the ages of 14 and 20 reports they’ve been victims of physical, sexual or psychological abuse within a dating relationship, according to findings that researcher Michelle Ybarra presented last year at the American Psychological Association annual convention. Almost one in three teens reports they’ve committed an act of violence against a dating partner.

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Taking Guns From Perpetrators of Domestic Violence an Ongoing Challenge

February 21, 2014

Taking Guns From Perpetrators of Domestic Violence an Ongoing Challenge

By Mary Flynn

A weapon in the hands of someone with a history of violence or mental instability is dangerous for anyone, but particularly for victims of domestic violence.

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Policy Aims to Address, Prevent, Domestic Violence by Law Enforcement

February 13, 2014

Policy Aims to Address, Prevent, Domestic Violence by Law Enforcement

By Alisha Wyman

A decades-old effort to prevent and address domestic violence among law enforcement ranks continues in pockets of California. Despite these best efforts, the crime still crops up among the highest-ranking officers.

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New Apps Aim to Help Victims of Domestic Violence

February 6, 2014

New Apps Aim to Help Victims of Domestic Violence

By Mary Flynn

On a single day in California, nearly 800 requests for emergency shelter went unmet, according to a 2012 domestic violence census. That was far too many left with no place to go for one team of software developers.

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