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Afraid of Law Enforcement, Immigrants in Abusive Relationships Face Safety Dilemma

May 22, 2017
Afraid of Law Enforcement, Immigrants in Abusive Relationships Face Safety Dilemma By Hannah Guzik Interpersonal assault victims, who already faced stigma and a culture that often blames them for their assault, now must contend with a president who himself has been accused of sexual assault. Further, President Donald Trump’s immigration policies have left many California victims who are undocumented afraid to even step foot in a courthouse or police station, for fear that they may be deported.

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Do No Harm: Why Bail Reform Matters to A Physician

May 15, 2017
Do No Harm: Why Bail Reform Matters to A Physician By Lello Tesema Each year, an estimated 1,000 people die while incarcerated in local jails, and a majority are being held pre-trial. 

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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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Batterer Interventions May Help the Few Abusers Who Finish the Programs

May 8, 2017
Batterer Interventions May Help the Few Abusers Who Finish the Programs By Claudia Boyd-Barrett “It really helps and it really works if you’re open minded and willing to allow the process to occur. If you attend it and just sit there with your arms crossed and you’ve got a messed up look up on your face and you’re really not participating in the class, it won’t help you.”

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Anxiety Grips California Students Amid Immigration Crackdown

May 4, 2017
Anxiety Grips California Students Amid Immigration Crackdown By Claudia Boyd-Barrett Amid news of stepped-up deportation efforts under President Donald Trump, many students with an undocumented parent are living in fear that their families will be torn apart. 

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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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