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Most Employers, Like NFL, Don’t Have Policies for Responding to Domestic Violence

September 18, 2014

Most Employers, Like NFL, Don’t Have Policies for Responding to Domestic Violence

By Mary Flynn

Most workplaces (70 percent) do not have a formal policy or program to address violence, let alone domestic violence specifically, despite a survey indicating that 44 percent of adult employees reported personally experiencing the effects of domestic violence in their workplace.

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Jenesse Center Offers Shelter from the Storm

September 8, 2014

Jenesse Center Offers Shelter from the Storm

By Pamela K. Johnson

Chanel, a petite African American woman with sleek hair and hazel eyes, trembles as she remembers the last time her husband beat her. He struck her with one chair and then another. “They broke on my body as I tried to hide my face…. When I went to the hospital, I thought, Now’s my chance.

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Sexual Violence Prevention Team Trains Agricultural Workers

September 5, 2014

Sexual Violence Prevention Team Trains Agricultural Workers

By Lily Dayton

In the foothills of the Pajaro Valley, dozens of nursery workers dressed in jeans and work boots file into a warehouse. It’s just past lunchtime on a weekday. Normally the workers would be heading back to the white-tented greenhouses to tend to the broccoli, chard and kale shoots that grow from nursery flats, but today they are attending the final presentation of Speedling Incorporated’s Safety Week, a workshop on sexual harassment and assault.

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Speaking Up for Unseen Survivors

August 28, 2014

Speaking Up for Unseen Survivors

Los Angeles LGBT Center Supports LGBT Victims of Abuse

By Hannah Guzik

Terra Slavin first walked into a domestic violence shelter when she was 16. In some ways, she never left.

She was there as a volunteer, but she had no idea at the time that the experience would help determine her calling.

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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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