domestic violence http://wesa.fm en Activists Rally to End Gender-Based Violence http://wesa.fm/post/activists-rally-end-gender-based-violence <p>Many women will celebrate Valentine’s Day by spending some quality time with their significant others, but there are many other women who will spend the day in fear of intimate partner violence.</p><p>That’s why <a href="https://www.facebook.com/newvoicespgh">New Voices Pittsburgh</a>, a community based organization dedicated to the health and well-being of black women and girls, is organizing a rally to end gender-based violence, to be held at noon Friday at Market Square.</p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 22:37:08 +0000 Liz Reid 24253 at http://wesa.fm Art Exhibition Explores Themes of Violence, Healing http://wesa.fm/post/art-exhibition-explores-themes-violence-healing <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A group of toddlers stands with their hands in the air; another toddler points a gun straight at them.</span></p><p>This is the first thing visitors to the new <a href="http://www.contemporarycraft.org">Contemporary Craft</a> exhibition <a href="http://enoughviolence.net/about"><em>ENOUGH Violence: Artists Speak Out</em></a> will see.</p><p>The scene is part of a ceramic sculpture series by <a href="http://claudiaalvarez.org/">Claudia Alvarez</a>, who is one of fourteen artists included in the exhibition.</p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 07:25:00 +0000 Liz Reid 18502 at http://wesa.fm Art Exhibition Explores Themes of Violence, Healing Domestic Violence Prevention the Focus of New Website, National Campaign http://wesa.fm/post/domestic-violence-prevention-focus-new-website-national-campaign <p>There were 141 domestic violence-related murders in Pennsylvania last year, 10 of which occurred in Allegheny County.</p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 11:53:56 +0000 Deanna Garcia 16056 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh Council Overhauls Police Training for Domestic Violence Response http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-council-overhauls-police-training-domestic-violence-response <p>Pittsburgh City Council has given unanimous passage to a set of bills that will revamp the way city police officers are trained to respond to domestic violence incidents.</p><p>All nine City Council members agreed to adopt the Maryland Domestic Violence Lethality Assessment Program, a step-by-step questionnaire process used by responding officers to determine the victim's risk of physical abuse. The officer would then be required to call the hotline for the Women's Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh and ask the victim to speak with the operator.</p> Tue, 14 May 2013 18:21:31 +0000 Noah Brode 9528 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh City Council This Week http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-city-council-week <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Last week, Pittsburgh City Council gave preliminary approval to Councilman Ricky Burgess's bills to reform the police bureau's domestic violence response policies.&nbsp; One bill pays for training under the "Maryland Domestic Violence Lethality Assessment Program," and the second bill changes the city code to reflect the new policies. A final vote comes <span class="aBn" data-term="goog_832176487" tabindex="0"><span class="aQJ">Tuesday</span></span>.</p><p>When receiving a 911 call regarding domestic violence, responders must ask the callers a series of questions to determine the risk of imminent harm to the victim. Afterward, the officers must offer to call a women's shelter to help the victim. Mon, 13 May 2013 15:55:31 +0000 Noah Brode & Heather McClain 9436 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh City Council This Week Ka'Sandra Wade Legislation: How Should Police Respond to Calls for Help? http://wesa.fm/post/kasandra-wade-legislation-how-should-police-respond-calls-help-0 <p>This Wednesday, Pittsburgh City Council votes on legislation written <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/neighborhoods-city/slain-womans-friends-want-specific-law-in-pittsburgh-police-handling-of-911-calls-670211/">in reaction</a> to the tragic death of Ka’Sandra Wade. Police responded to Ka'Sandra's 911 call on the night of December 31st, 2012. But they left her home when her boyfriend came to the window and told them that everything was alright. That night Ka'Sandra's boyfriend killed her and later killed himself. The legislation up for a vote this week would impact the way police respond to domestic violence calls. Mon, 06 May 2013 22:40:09 +0000 Heather McClain 9091 at http://wesa.fm Ka'Sandra Wade Legislation: How Should Police Respond to Calls for Help? Corbett Boosts Money to Fight Domestic Violence http://wesa.fm/post/corbett-boosts-money-fight-domestic-violence <p>Gov. Tom Corbett is defending his proposal to increase state spending to combat domestic violence by 10 percent.</p><p>At a news conference Friday at the YWCA of Greater Harrisburg, Corbett said the $1.3 million increase would support an array of valuable services ranging from shelters for battered women to counseling and legal services.</p><p>Corbett said domestic violence often occurs behind behind closed doors or involves people who know each other, but that "we all agree that it's not acceptable."</p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 17:40:01 +0000 The Associated Press 7016 at http://wesa.fm