She lived in the silence of the violence just beyond the front door on Highland Avenue in Chicago. A vibrant neighborhood, where one could always find at least one fireman or policeman living on every city block. read more on Susan Murphy Milano's blogspot
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November 24, 2012 Domestic violence climbs throughout region
Domestic violence is soaring in Northern Virginia as a weak economy takes its toll on families and new laws push police to do more to combat the area's growing trend. Arrests have climbed as much as 277 percent from six years ago, according to new statistics from the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services. Domestic violence arrests in Fairfax County jumped from 489 in 2006 to 1,984 in 2010, according to the report, which detailed incidents reported by law enforcement from 2006 to 2010. In Alexandria, the number about doubled from 158 to 323 during that five-year period. read more
Violence against women up in TN
Demeko Duckworth arrest in the murder of his girlfriend, Asia Wade, and Wade’s cousin, Clarence Goins. And her words captured the brutality of Wade’s demise. He stabbed her 49 times, strangled her and then left her to die in her Nashville home.
Her four children — the oldest was 9 — were home when she was killed.
Missing Tabthia Franklin
Since Aug, 2009, last seen in Birmingham, Al
•Tabitha Franklin was last seen alive on August 8, 2009 in West Point, Alabama
Cullman County Sheriff’s Office at 256-734-0342
Aug 16, 2010 ... 1 year ago, 28-year-old Tabitha Franklin was out drinking with friends, then called for a ride from her ex-boyfriend.
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's investigators were in Lake Charles on Wednesday, as they continued questioning a man suspected of killing his ex-wife. Calvin Jefferson, 41, turned himself into authorities on Tuesday. The Sheriff's Office believes he killed his ex-wife Nicole Jefferson, 31, after a history of domestic violence. Jefferson could face second degree murder charges. "Sadly, he was able to commit violence against Nicole on at least three occasions that we know of, that was reported, where he was arrested [in Texas]," said St. Tammany Sheriff Jack Strain, during a Tuesday news conference.
Those arrests were warning signs, according to Dale Standifer, executive director of the Metropolitan Center for Women and Children. Their shelter handles 300 people a year. "Part of the problem is women get kind of complacent and they'll say, 'Well, he's not going to actually severely injure me.' And what they don't realize is this may be the time that he just snaps," she said. Nicole Jefferson had four children and brought the family from Texas to St. Tammany Parish. Late last year, Jefferson allowed her ex-husband to move in with them. "When there's children, a lot of times, the abuser has more access and the mom will feel bad that the children are not allowed to see their father, or the person who has been considered to be their father," Standifer said. In other cases, children can end up as the victims. On Tuesday, New Orleans Police announced that 21-year-old Micah Short lost his temper with his 2-month-old daughter and killed her, after she wouldn't stop crying. At the time, Short was already facing a domestic battery charge for an incident involving his wife in March. "If you're living with someone who is violent enough to hurt you, I would question how wise it would be to leave a very helpless infant," Standifer said. That is why advocates and law enforcement officials said it is crucial to find a way out of a violent relationship.
"There is help out there," Sheriff Strain said. "Get out of it because we see too often many times those violent relationships turn into a tragedy."
If you are in need of help to get out of an abusive relationship call the emergency hotline for the Metropolitan Center for Women and Children at 504-837-5400. You can also call Safe Harbor on the Northshore at their toll free hotline 888-411-1333. read more
Dothan Man Arrested on Domestic Violence, Child Abuse Charges
DOTHAN, AL - On October 19, 2012 the Dothan Police Department responded to a report of a domestic assault a residence located in the 1100 block of West Powell Street. Due to the sensitive nature of the case, limited details are being released however police did confirm the suspect, Ivan Mills, had an ongoing relationship with the victim prior to the incident. Police also confirmed a small child was present at the time of the incident and had involvement in the physical altercation. Both victim's suffered minor injuries. Police arrested the suspect and say the case will remain open and further charges may be pending.
·Ivan Mills, black male, 29 years of age, of West Powell Street was arrested and charged with Second Degree Domestic Violence and Child Abuse with bonds totaling $45,000. All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. read more
Angry man puts girlfriend on hood, speeds down interstate 7:46 pm September 20, 2012, by Alexis Stevens
Jonathon Salas allegedly put his girlfriend on the hood of his SUV and drove on I-85 in Gwinnett County. If this guy isn’t single now, he should be. When he gets out of jail, that is. A Gwinnett County man was arrested Tuesday afternoon after allegedly putting his girlfriend on the hood of his SUV and ignoring her screams as he drove on I-85, Channel 2 Action News reported. But other drivers couldn’t help but notice the woman and are credited with helping her to safety, police told Channel 2. Others on I-85 called 911, took pictures of the woman’s ordeal and surrounded the SUV until the driver was forced to pull over. “We start motioning to each other, like can you believes this,” Adam Marlatt, a witness, told Channel 2. “One guy is showing me he’s taking pictures. He can tell I’m on the phone. And, I kind of mouthed to him, I’m on with 911.” read more