March 2, 2014 |
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.
January 31, 2014 |
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?"
January 24, 2014 |
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.
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.
October 25, 2013 |
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.
October 24, 2013 |
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.
October 21, 2013 |
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.
October 17, 2013
KUDOS TO the Daily News editorial board for finally shedding true light on the financial and educational crisis facing Philadelphia's schools - the direct result of having no state-funding formula. It really is about money. While we cannot deny that there has been local fiscal mismanagement by the School Reform Commission, especially the waste of federal stimulus money on new projects instead of covering bills, there is also no question that the state, especially under Gov. Corbett's administration, has grossly underfunded the education of our children.
October 2, 2013 |
About 30 years ago, Renee Norris-Jones concluded that her seven-year marriage was over and she was ready to leave. She gathered the money she had hidden in emptied-out tampon applicators and went to see Women Against Abuse. Norris-Jones said she was 18 and the mother of a young boy when she married a man she had known for a couple of years. Soon, she was in and out of domestic-violence shelters, about 50 times in all, before she finally had the wherewithal to leave. Women Against Abuse, she said, helped her get away and start a new life.
September 20, 2013 |
THE TWO LOGAN parents arrested last month after police found their three children living in filth pleaded guilty in Family Court yesterday. Soyika Eldemire and Lakeeshanay Overton each pleaded guilty to two counts of recklessly endangering another person and will be sentenced to probation on Oct. 28. The pair were arrested at their Logan home Aug. 8 after police arrived to serve an arrest warrant for domestic violence on Overton, 24, the mother...