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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.

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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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Dying for Answers: Del Norte County has Worst Domestic-Violence Rate in CA

January 28, 2014

Dying for Answers: Del Norte County has Worst Domestic-Violence Rate in CA

By Hannah Guzik

She’d wanted to get away from the abusive relationship and the drugs for years, but she hadn’t known where to turn. She lived in rural northern California, where domestic violence shelters are few and far between. She was poor and jobless, and her abuser held the keys to the car.

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Women’s Reentry Court Focuses on Rehab

January 22, 2014

Women’s Reentry Court Focuses on Rehab

By Robin Urevich

In Los Angeles, several dozen women, who would otherwise be in jail or prison instead receive addiction treatment and counseling at Prototypes, a substance abuse treatment center about 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. Their young children are allowed to live there too.

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Santa Cruz Seeks to Ease Felons Into Freedom

January 15, 2014

Santa Cruz Seeks to Ease Felons Into Freedom

By Lynn Graebner

Santa Cruz County’s Sheriff’s Department is applying for a state grant to change the way it houses some inmates, creating a stepping stone to independence, they say, by creating a minimum-security rehabilitation and reentry facility with 64 private rooms at the county jail.

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Campaign to End Gun Violence Starts with Women

January 6, 2014

Campaign to End Gun Violence Starts with Women

Grassroots effort to reduce exploitation of women in gun trafficking expands to Bay Area

By Lynn Graebner

Ladies Involved in Putting a Stop to Inner-City Killing wants to halt the cycle of violence by addressing women’s roles in securing guns for boyfriends, husbands and others who can’t legally purchase them themselves.

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