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October 1, 2005 | By Michael Currie Schaffer INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A toll-free hotline for Philadelphia-area victims of domestic violence was introduced yesterday. The hotline, 1-866-723-3014 (1-866-SAFE-014), combines telephone operations previously handled by four local anti-domestic-violence groups. Mayor Street introduced the hotline at a City Hall event yesterday. Most costs associated with the number will be covered by a $250,000 annual city subsidy. Street declared domestic-violence prevention a priority a year ago, adding $1 million to the 2005 city budget for programs.
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February 21, 2009 | By EMILY GUENDELSBERGER guendee@phillynews.com Daily News wire services contributed to this report
IF YOU HAVE an Internet connection, you've probably seen the leaked police picture of Rihanna's battered face after she allegedly was beaten by then-boyfriend Chris Brown on Feb. 8. And man - if that picture doesn't make people stop thinking domestic-violence jokes are ironic or cute, SatTatt doesn't know if there's hope for us as a species. The photograph, which police say had been kept under very tight wraps, somehow meandered out of the LAPD files and onto TMZ.com at about 8:30 p.m. Thursday.
NEWS
April 11, 2012 | By Daniel R. Taylor, For The Inquirer
A few weeks ago, a 7-year-old overweight boy came in for a "well-child check. " His mother was concerned because he was "always getting into trouble" in his new school and his teacher thought he should be evaluated for attention deficit disorder (ADHD). At home, he was more withdrawn, twitchy, and continually fighting with his older sister. I had a hunch about what was wrong. That same day in the mail I received the 2011 report from the Women Against Abuse shelter, the largest of its kind in Philadelphia, with 85 beds and 15 cribs.
NEWS
September 30, 1997 | By Debbie Woodell
The cartoon shows a policeman and a plainclothes detective examining an apparent crime scene in a ransacked living room as a body is carried out on a stretcher. Standing by two chalk outlines, the officer asks, "Well, Hal . . . What d'ya make of it? Some woman-hating sicko fresh out of the loony bin?" "Nope," the detective replies. "Couple of lesbians with PMS at the same time. " The cartoon struck me funny when I first saw it years ago. It hung on our refrigerator for a long time.
NEWS
September 24, 2003 | By Clea Benson INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Philadelphia police released statistics yesterday showing a dramatic spike in domestic-disturbance calls and domestic violence-related murders so far this year. In just under nine months, there have been 82,000 domestic-disturbance calls to the city's 911 system, compared with 68,000 calls in the 12 months that ended in June 2002. There have been 24 domestic murders so far in 2003, up from 19 last year. At a news conference yesterday where Mayor Street announced the formation of a task force on domestic violence, Police Commissioner Sylvester M. Johnson said he believed the economy and other social factors could be to blame.
NEWS
January 15, 1999 | by Tonya Pendleton, Daily News Staff Writer
In the wake of a Philadelphia police officer's suicide and attempted murder of his wife Tuesday, Police Commissioner John Timoney announced a police directive on domestic violence yesterday. Officers with active orders of protection against them must surrender their police-issued weapons and will be reassigned to restricted administrative duties until the orders are rescinded, Timoney announced. Timoney said he knew of at least 28 officers out of 7,000 who will be affected by this ruling.
NEWS
March 16, 2012 | By Rob Hotakainen and Sean Cockerham, McClatchy Newspapers
WASHINGTON - After winning a fight just last week to preserve contraceptive health-insurance coverage for women, Senate Democrats on Thursday battled conservative Republicans who say they don't want to expand an 18-year-old federal law that created a national strategy to prevent domestic violence against women. While Democrats say they're shocked at any opposition to renewing the Violence Against Women Act, which passed in 1994 with bipartisan support, opponents are trying to block the legislation because they fear it would broaden American Indian tribal rights and has too many protections for gay and illegal-immigrant victims of violence.
NEWS
January 31, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
JENNIFER SERRANO knows how backward Pennsylvania's laws protecting domestic violence victims can be. She's been fighting off her abuser at home and in court for 10 years now. Like the times she'd hand-delivered stay-away orders with a police escort - only to be attacked by her ex after the police officers drove away. Or the other times her ex would stand outside her workplace and call 50 to 60 times to berate her on the phone. She'd call the cops, only to watch them shrug, saying he wasn't violating his restraining order because he wasn't physically abusing her. In 2007, she grew so desperate to escape the torment that when she saw a "How can we help you?"
NEWS
December 16, 2002 | By Nora Koch INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
After Eddie Carpenter threatened his estranged wife with a gun, a judge issued a restraining order to keep him away from Maryann Carpenter. Four months later - after violating the order twice - Carpenter returned last month to the blue ranch house he once shared with his wife on Spruce Lake in Monroe Township. Again armed with a handgun, he killed the 34-year-old mother of three. The Carpenter case highlights the nature and limits of domestic restraining orders. To police and prosecutors, they are vital legal weapons.
NEWS
September 4, 1997 | By Marie McCullough, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Philadelphia has been chosen as the pilot city for a $1 million, three-to- five-year demonstration project aimed at reducing domestic violence. The funding, earmarked for Philadelphia by a donor who wishes to remain anonymous, comes through the national Family Violence Prevention Fund in San Francisco, said Lori Burns-Simms, director of the new project, called Philadelphia: Let's Stop Domestic Violence! Mayor Rendell yesterday announced the start of the program and said that beginning Oct. 1, employers throughout the city would display posters, distribute information, and host brown-bag seminars and other activities to raise awareness about domestic abuse.
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August 1, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
RAY RICE publicly apologized to his wife yesterday and said he wants to become an "ambassador against domestic violence. " The Ravens running back, facing reporters at training camp, called the incident in which he allegedly knocked out then-fiancée Janay Palmer a "huge mistake. " Rice was arrested and charged with aggravated assault after he allegedly knocked out Palmer, now his wife, in an Atlantic City casino elevator on Feb. 15. Rice pleaded not guilty and was placed in a pretrial intervention program, which could eventually lead to the charge being dropped.
NEWS
April 6, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHESTER TWP. Chester High School boys basketball coach Larry Yarbray was arrested Friday on multiple felony charges for an alleged incident of domestic violence. According to Chester Township police, Yarbray was involved in an altercation Thursday night at his girlfriend's home in Brookhaven Borough during which he grabbed the woman and her son by the throat. Yarbray, who has led Chester to two PIAA state championships since becoming head coach in 2008, grew up in Chester and played basketball at the high school in the 1980s.
NEWS
March 20, 2014 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
PHILADELPHIA police Officer Robbi Huff, fresh off an arrest for domestic violence, has been given her walking papers. Police spokesman Lt. John Stanford confirmed yesterday that Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey suspended Huff, 35, for 30 days with the intent to dismiss. The Daily News reported Saturday that Huff was arrested Thursday when Cheltenham Township cops were called to her boyfriend's house on Arboretum Road near Rock Creek Drive on a report of a domestic dispute.
NEWS
March 2, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Judith Goldstein Joseph, 70, a former Philadelphia lawyer who worked to help victims of domestic abuse, died Friday, Feb. 21, from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at her home in North Hero, Vt. The Philadelphia native was a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. She earned a master's degree in library science from Drexel University and a law degree from Rutgers School of Law. She worked as a librarian at the Library of Congress and then La Salle University. After graduating from law school, she joined her husband, lawyer Ben W. Joseph, in private practice in Philadelphia.
NEWS
January 31, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
JENNIFER SERRANO knows how backward Pennsylvania's laws protecting domestic violence victims can be. She's been fighting off her abuser at home and in court for 10 years now. Like the times she'd hand-delivered stay-away orders with a police escort - only to be attacked by her ex after the police officers drove away. Or the other times her ex would stand outside her workplace and call 50 to 60 times to berate her on the phone. She'd call the cops, only to watch them shrug, saying he wasn't violating his restraining order because he wasn't physically abusing her. In 2007, she grew so desperate to escape the torment that when she saw a "How can we help you?"
NEWS
January 24, 2014 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG Gov. Corbett said Wednesday that he wants to boost funding for domestic violence and rape crisis programs by $2.2 million in the 2014-15 budget. "I'm calling for an increase because I understand these programs are not simple line items - they change and save lives," said Corbett at a news conference. Corbett, who is set to make his budget address Feb. 4, said additional funding would bring the total to $15.3 million, a 10 percent increase over the current year. The money will support emergency services, such as a 24/7 hotline, emergency shelter, and financial aid and victim advocacy programs.
NEWS
October 25, 2013
AS A YOUNG WOMAN, MoShay Laren found herself in an abusive relationship. "He would beat me and I would be left with marks," Laren recalled. "He had these rules, that I was not to make eye contact with any men. " One night at a party, he thought he caught her looking at another man. On the drive home, he began hitting her with the back of his hand. She fought back but wound up being pushed out of the car. "I'm rolling down the streets and I could see his taillights riding off into the distance," she told me. "That, for me, was the final straw.
NEWS
October 25, 2013 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
GET READY, I'm going to throw a lot of numbers at you. Every day, the Philadelphia Police Department gets hundreds of calls about domestic violence. Last year, nearly 400 daily. Every year, thousands of petitions for protection-from-abuse orders are filed. In 2011, 11,714 restraining orders were sought. In 2012, more than 8,500 calls were made to the 24-hour Philadelphia Domestic Violence Hotline. Nearly 9,000 requests were denied space in Philly's only 100-bed shelter for domestic-violence victims, which is almost always at capacity.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 24, 2013 | By Anndee Hochman, For The Inquirer
Did you hear the one about the man who burned his wife's wedding dress in a backyard bonfire the night she left him? How about the couple, divorcing after 40 years of marriage, who amicably divided their retirement accounts but couldn't agree on who would keep the painting of the little girl on a swing? Or the lesbian couple who sought legal review of their contract with a sperm donor - who happened to be the brother of one of the women? These are not setups to jokes swapped at the bar association cocktail party.
NEWS
October 21, 2013 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG Agents for the state Attorney General's Office on Friday searched Democratic State Sen. LeAnna Washington's two legislative offices in the Philadelphia area, seeking evidence related to campaign activity, according to three sources familiar with the search. The search warrants were served in the morning at Washington's district offices in Philadelphia and Roslyn, seeking computer hard drives, calendars, paper files, and any other documents related to fund-raising or her political campaign, said the sources, who asked to remain anonymous.
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