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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.
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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 At home, he was more withdrawn, twitchy, and continually fighting with his older sister.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.
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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.
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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.
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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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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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June 16, 1999 | By Kristin E. Holmes, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Witness after witness told a state panel yesterday that domestic violence torments children in households, and that schools can be an invaluable source of intervention. But a stark shot of reality cast a shadow on the good intentions. The day-to-day practicalities of school life and teacher training remain challenges to overcome. Too few resources, too little time, and too little money already strain the system, experts said yesterday. Still, the Family Violence Task Force, formed last year by Attorney General Mike Fisher, met at the Middle Point Middle School yesterday with the intention of finding realistic solutions to what Fisher termed "the culture of abuse.
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October 8, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
Former U.S. women's national soccer team goalkeeper Jillian Loyden, who starred at Villanova, spoke out publicly against Hope Solo on Monday, urging that the team's goalkeeper not be permitted to play until her domestic-abuse case is resolved. "U.S. Soccer needs to send the right message," Loyden, a Vineland native, wrote in a USA Today op-ed piece. "They need to communicate that domestic violence is never OK and that it will not be tolerated. " In November, Solo pleaded not guilty to two counts of misdemeanor domestic abuse.
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October 7, 2014 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The his-and-her stun guns were an impulse buy. Perusing the offerings at the Oaks Gun Show at the Philadelphia Expo Center on Saturday, the couple from the Northeast spied a table of personal safety products that included an array of rechargeable mini stun guns bordering on the fanciful: Palm-size stun guns in snappy colors, stun guns that looked like smartphones, stun guns disguised as packs of popular cigarette brands, stun gun flashlights....
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October 2, 2014 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
A PHILLY COP has been stripped of his police powers because he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend - who is also a cop - while both were on duty Friday night. Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said yesterday that both officers were in uniform and working in West Philadelphia's 18th District when the incident unfolded. "It's my understanding that they are dating," he said. "During the course of this domestic, it's alleged that the [male] officer did strike the [female] officer, causing some injury.
NEWS
September 24, 2014 | BY RUE LANDAU
  LEAVES changing colors. School bells ringing. Footballs spiraling. Clearly, it's fall, a season filled with ribbons and walks to bring greater focus on health issues such as diabetes, HIV and breast cancer. Domestic-violence prevention is another cause that gets an autumn spotlight. This year it's burning brighter. Recent headlines from the NFL certainly have helped thrust the matter even further into our consciousness. With high-profile cases involving players such as former Baltimore Raven Ray Rice and San Francisco 49er Ray McDonald, intimate-partner violence again has become public fodder, for men and women, boys and girls.
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September 24, 2014 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Staff Writer
NBA COMMISSIONER Adam Silver has read the writing on the wall. In reaction to NFL counterpart Roger Goodell's months of fumbling the issue of domestic violence and the extremely negative response the NFL has received, Silver is making plans for the NBA to come up with concrete policies to confront possible situations. In a conversation yesterday with ESPN writer Ian Begley, Silver said The Association is going to take a fresh look at its domestic-violence policies. Begley tweeted that Silver said the NBA takes lessons "from other leagues' experiences.
NEWS
September 19, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Miss America gives back Recently crowned Miss America Kira Kazantsev says she will devote her reign to raising awareness about domestic violence, something she has experienced firsthand. The case of NFL player Ray Rice and Meredith Vieira 's revelations about her own experiences have put the topic on the front page, Kira, 23, tells People. "We see it everywhere now. " Abuse had become such a normal part of Kira's world, she was unaware it wasn't a normal way to live.
NEWS
September 15, 2014
ISSUE | DOMESTIC ABUSE Don't turn away Columnist Bob Brookover offers the most enlightened commentary on the horrific Ray Rice case ("No heroes in this mess," Sept. 10). He recognizes the untenable situation of Janay Rice as expressed by her Instagram post: "THIS IS OUR LIFE! What don't you all get. " But this is what people must get: domestic violence is everyone's business. The National Football League and the Baltimore Ravens could have done something different: stand by the Rices, help them rebuild their lives, make a huge donation to combat domestic violence, and promise Janay Rice and the couple's daughter that they will be taken care of if Rice ever again acts in a threatening manner.
NEWS
September 13, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia police officer was arrested Thursday on domestic-assault charges, police said. Joseph Griffin, an eight-year veteran of the force, physically assaulted his wife, police said. Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey suspended him for 30 days with intent to dismiss. Griffin, 30, turned himself at the department's Internal Affairs division Thursday morning, police said. He could not be reached for comment, and a call to his lawyer was not returned. The District Attorney's Office said Griffin assaulted and threatened his wife during a June 4 incident at their home in Northeast Philadelphia.
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September 12, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
If the Associated Press story that surfaced Wednesday is verified, there is only one thing left for NFL owners to say to their handpicked commissioner: Roger, over and out. There's no way Roger Goodell should be able to survive this because incompetent liars do not make good leaders, and the AP report depicts the NFL commissioner as both without saying it. Goodell was adamant during an interview on CBS This Morning that no one in the NFL...
NEWS
September 12, 2014
IT'S IRONIC that the uproar over Ray Rice's brutal beating of his now-wife and the NFL's shamefully lenient response is occurring exactly 20 years after Congress enacted the Violence Against Women Act. The legislation was designed in part to bring public recognition and more government resources to the problem of domestic violence. Despite that act, it's safe to say that domestic violence continued to be considered by many as a "women's issue," lumped with rape, inadequate day care, pay inequity and other social conditions lamented by women's groups.
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