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In a Push for Fair Treatment, Los Angeles LGBT Center Creates New Categories for Relationship Violence

June 21, 2017
In a Push for Fair Treatment, Los Angeles LGBT Center Creates New Categories for Relationship Violence A four-category system for intimate partner violence that Susan Holt created with her colleagues at the Los Angeles LGBT Center has become a standard of practice at the non-profit, the largest provider of LGBT medical and mental health services nationwide. But Holt and her colleagues are still working to spread the word about the four categories, which, Holt believes, can be helpful for treating the wider community as well.

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In the Central Valley, Abortion Clinics Are Few and Far Between

May 24, 2017
In the Central Valley, Abortion Clinics Are Few and Far Between By Hannah Guzik Rosalinda Hernandez-Guzman grew up in the same Central Valley town where she is now raising her daughter. Visalia is rich in agriculture — rows of grapes, olives and citrus ring the city — but it falls behind the rest of California in access to reproductive health services.

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Immigrant Communities Are Prepping Children in Case Parents Don’t Come Home

May 11, 2017
Immigrant Communities Are Prepping Children in Case Parents Don’t Come Home By Marty Graham Mixed-immigration status families here are feverishly planning in the event that they are divided by deportations. The most common of many scenarios is that undocumented parents could be deported, leaving their children who are U.S. citizens behind.

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Asthma Studies Raise Thorny Questions about Race and Genetics

May 1, 2017
Asthma Studies Raise Thorny Questions about Race and Genetics By Linda Childers Walking through the halls of West Oakland Middle School in Oakland, it’s not uncommon to hear the sounds of students wheezing and coughing mixed with preteen chatter. According to school data, approximately 39 of the 220 students enrolled at this school have confirmed cases of asthma, and many more have breathing issues, including an increased incidence of respiratory infections.

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San Diego Doctors, Advocates Combine Efforts to End Female Genital Cutting

April 25, 2017
San Diego Doctors, Advocates Combine Efforts to End Female Genital Cutting By Marty Graham Doctors aim to turn San Diego’s large African community away from female genital cutting, while developing culturally competent medical care for women who have been cut, with help from a nonprofit well-known in the community for its advocacy efforts on behalf of African women in the city.

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Confronting Child Sex Trafficking on the Central Coast

August 23, 2016
Confronting Child Sex Trafficking on the Central Coast


A source from the FBI’s Los Angeles Division alerted the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s office that the Central Coast had become a hub for commercial sexual exploitation of minors — a crime that had gone relatively undetected by local authorities. Photo: Ken Pfeiffer Photography

By Leah Bartos

Five years ago, when Lisa Conn became a mental health provider for juvenile justice in Santa Barbara County, she noticed a disturbing trend: A large number of the incarcerated girls were displaying symptoms of complex trauma and, in particular, sex trauma.

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Most Survivors Want More Rehab, Less Punishment for Victimizers

August 23, 2016
Most Survivors Want More Rehab, Less Punishment for Victimizers

Victims of violent crime are more likely to be low-income, under 30 and Latino or African American, according to a survey by Californians for Safety and Justice. Aswad Thomas, pictured above, was shot in the back twice in 2009. Photo courtesy of Aswad Thomas.

By Lily Dayton

Aswad Thomas made a quick stop at a convenience store to buy a bottle of pink lemonade on a hot summer night in 2009.

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Shelters, Clinics Work Together to Help Domestic Violence Victims

May 2, 2016
Shelters, Clinics Work Together to Help Domestic Violence Victims

“So many people won’t walk through our doors because they’re afraid,” says Jesse Torrey, associate director of RISE, an agency that serves victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in San Luis Obispo County. “But they will go to the doctor to get a check-up.” Photo: File/Thinkstock

By Lily Dayton

“Ask me,” begs Paula Spencer, the protagonist of Roddy’s Doyle’s The Woman Who Walked into Doors.

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Universities Lack Guidelines for Responding to Domestic Violence

January 18, 2016
Universities Lack Guidelines for Responding to Domestic Violence By Lily Dayton Studies have found that the prevalence of domestic violence and dating violence among college students is on par with the number of female college students who’ve experienced sexual assault. “About 21 percent of college students report they are experiencing violence from a current partner,” says Jessica Merrill, communications manager for California Partnership to End Domestic Violence.  

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Amidst New Regulations, California Universities Grapple with Response to Sexual Violence

January 18, 2016
Amidst New Regulations, California Universities Grapple with Response to Sexual Violence By Lily Dayton In 2014, a storm of protests erupted at Stanford University after student Leah Francis sent an email with a message that went viral: “Stanford did not expel the man who raped me.” Though the majority of a campus judicial panel had found the man responsible for committing sexual assault, they determined he would be allowed to return to campus to finish his coursework and graduate with his class after completing 40 hours of community service, a sexual assault awareness program and a five-quarter suspension, starting in summer quarter—which, Francis stated in her email, amounted to no more than a “gap year.”

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