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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
October 10, 2015 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gloucester Township police have created a detective position dedicated to addressing domestic violence, part of an initiative town and Camden County officials announced Thursday. The two detectives assigned to the domestic-violence beat, Eric Marconi and Dennis Richards, have been with the township police department for several years. On top of the investigative training all detectives most undergo, Marconi and Richards spent two weeks this summer in specialized domestic-violence training with the county Prosecutor's Office.
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 At home, he was more withdrawn, twitchy, and continually fighting with his older sister.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.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 6, 2016
DEAR ABBY: I recently had my lover of 11 years arrested for domestic violence. It was the hardest thing I have ever done. He had me isolated and cut off from the world, and without family around, I felt extremely lonely and fragile. Looking back, I see how wanting to be loved and not alone caused me to let so many intolerable things happen. No one should ever have to be bruised and battered physically, psychologically, and verbally by anyone. I pray others read this and will do the right thing - which is to press charges if necessary, and find the strength to leave, as painful as it may be. - Starting Counseling Soon in L.A. DEAR STARTING: I'm glad you found the strength to do that.
NEWS
June 20, 2016
Pete Mackanin is manager of the Phillies During my six decades in baseball, as a player, coach, and manager, I have worn more caps than a New Era model. Two dozen in all, including my present one, as manager of the Phillies. But the most important cap I have worn is that of father. This nomad's life hasn't always been easy for me, or my son, Shane, or my wife, Nancy. During our 40 years of marriage, we have moved at least 57 times. Shane, now 38, attended 12 different schools before the ninth grade.
NEWS
May 25, 2016 | By Maddie Hanna, TRENTON BUREAU
Gov. Christie on Monday again conditionally vetoed a bill requiring domestic violence offenders to surrender firearms, saying current law already covers the issue. The Republican governor said in a veto message that the bill would place "redundant restrictions on firearms ownership while ignoring the larger problem of domestic violence. " Current law requires officers to seize a person's weapons when there is probable cause to believe the person has committed domestic violence, said Christie, who vetoed a version of the bill last year.
NEWS
April 1, 2016
IT'S NO SECRET I detest Donald Trump. I don't particularly hate the man, because it takes too much energy and effort to become enraged at people I don't know personally and will likely never meet, when more than enough humans are in my immediate orbit who fit the bill. He isn't evil, he isn't Hitler, he isn't the Angel of Death. The thing that repels me about Trump is the arrogance and bellicosity he inspires in his followers. It's hardly unprecedented, given our hardscrabble political history.
SPORTS
February 27, 2016
Baseball made its call on the Chase Utley slide: out. Major League Baseball and the players union have banned rolling blocks to break up potential double plays, hoping to prevent a repeat of the takeout by Utley that broke the leg of New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada during last year's playoffs. "From my understanding, we've been trying to work on this for a few years now," Utley said at the Los Angeles Dodgers' camp, "so I don't think one instance determined everything. " Maybe, but fans may see it another way - the Chase Utley Rule.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 18, 2016
DEAR ABBY: There is a topic I haven't seen addressed in your column, namely being sexually abused by a spouse. I ended my marriage because my husband was waking me at 2 a.m. demanding sex. He expected me to have sex only a week after I had our baby, although my doctor had said I should wait six weeks. If I thought something he wanted me to do was degrading, he insisted I do it anyway. It amazes me that the subject of spousal abuse isn't mentioned in premarital counseling. No one seems willing to acknowledge this kind of abuse exists.
NEWS
February 4, 2016
Police investigating what witnesses thought was an abduction Sunday in Center City say they now believe it was a domestic-violence incident. Around 6:30 a.m. in the 2000 block of Walnut Street, a man and woman were in an argument that turned violent, police said. The woman appeared to have been knocked unconscious and was put into a minivan that drove away. Police said the man and woman were in a relationship and the incident was being investigated as domestic violence. The alleged abduction, however, could not be officially ruled out until detectives interviewed the woman.
NEWS
December 4, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia police have collected about 700 used cellphones to distribute to domestic violence victims as part of a yearly drive supporting women's shelters in the city. Now in its 12th year, the program encourages Philadelphians to donate their used cellphones at Fraternal Order of Police lodges and at all 21 police districts around the city. The phones are collected and sent to Verizon's Hopeline program, which refurbishes them and distributes them to anti-domestic violence agencies all over the country.
NEWS
November 26, 2015 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A man who allegedly shot at police in Camden was killed Tuesday night in an exchange of gunfire with officers, authorities said. Around 7 p.m., two Camden County police officers responded to a 911 call reporting domestic violence in the 3200 block of Rutledge Walk. The caller said a man was possibly armed. The officers encountered the man, and a shootout ensued, authorities said. The man, described as in his 20s, was transported to Cooper University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
NEWS
November 20, 2015 | BY AARON JOLLAY, Daily News Staff jollaya@phillynews.com, 215-856-5915
MAYOR NUTTER recently did some semantic gymnastics with the word "terrorism. " In an Associated Press interview Monday following a meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington, he said gun violence in American cities was a form of "domestic terrorism" and comparable to international terrorism. While all gun deaths are unacceptable, it is a serious stretch to equate everyday criminal violence in America with vast international terrorism conspiracies such as ISIS. He is correct that both have the effect of making citizens feel afraid and insecure.
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