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Ventura County Tries An Alternative to Juvenile Hall

March 12, 2017
Ventura County Tries An Alternative to Juvenile Hall For youths on probation, the club is an Evening Reporting Center, which provides an alternative to juvenile hall. Those assigned to the center by the Ventura County Probation Agency must attend the Boys & Girls Club’s Teen Center every day after school, usually for between 20 and 45 days.

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‘Safe Time’ legislation protects domestic violence victims’ safety and economic stability

February 13, 2017
‘Safe Time’ legislation protects domestic violence victims’ safety and economic stability

 

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By Lily Dayton

Sonoma County resident Kami Reep was fired from two consecutive bookkeeping jobs in 2015—but not because she’d performed poorly or done anything wrong. In each case, she was fired because she had to take time off after her abusive ex-husband kidnapped two of their three children.

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Gun Violence Linked to DUIs, Study Finds

February 6, 2017
Gun owners who have been convicted of driving under the influence are more than four times as likely to be later arrested for a firearm-related or violent crime, according to a new study.

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Troubled by Political Climate, LGBT Advocates Work to Protect Victims of Domestic Violence

February 5, 2017
Troubled by Political Climate, LGBT Advocates Work to Protect Victims of Domestic Violence

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By Hannah Guzik

When Cristina Cortes helped her friend leave an abusive relationship, there weren’t many places for the victim — a bisexual, undocumented woman — to seek shelter or aid.

Cortes, who lived about an hour away in Los Angeles, was not able to find a shelter for the victim, who lived in San Bernardino County.

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A New Path to Help for Victims of Domestic Violence

January 22, 2017
A New Path to Help for Victims of Domestic Violence

The director of a women’s shelter embraces a young survivor of sexual violence. Photo: Amnesty International/Flickr.

By Linda Childers

Telephone hotlines staffed by advocates have long been a lifeline for victims of domestic violence. While how we communicate has changed in the digital era, high rates of domestic violence remain a widespread problem, especially among younger women.

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Training Police to Better Respond to Autism

September 19, 2016
Training Police to Better Respond to Autism By Chris Richard Amid increased public scrutiny of law enforcement tactics, some Southern California agencies have started specialized training to help officers read the signs of autism and respond appropriately.

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Dignity Health Trains Providers to Recognize Trafficking Victims

September 6, 2016
Dignity Health Trains Providers to Recognize Trafficking Victims By Linda Childers In 1992, when Holly Austin Gibbs was 14-years-old, she met a man at a New Jersey shopping mall who convinced her to run away from home. He told her she was pretty enough to be a model, and promised to help her find a glamorous job in Los Angeles.

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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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California Funds Nation’s First Firearm Research Center

June 24, 2016
California Funds Nation’s First Firearm Research Center By Hannah Guzik On June 15, the state legislature voted to spend $5 million to create a gun violence research center, which will work to understand the public health problem in the hopes of preventing deaths. It will be the first center of its kind in the country.

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