domestic violence

Domestic Violence Bill
1:04 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Bill Protecting 9-1-1 Domestic Abuse Calls on Governor's Desk

The Pennsylvania Senate unanimously agreed-- victims of a crime should never be punished for seeking help.

House Bill 1796 intends to rectify what some see as problematic housing ordinances in at least 23 Pennsylvania municipalities that discourage multiply calls to emergency personnel. Currently these municipalities allow land lords to evict renters who call 9-1-1 seeking help more than three times in four months.

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Domestic Violence
11:42 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Pennsylvanians Killed by Domestic Violence Remembered

Domestic violence took center stage this week in Harrisburg when the supporters of victims took to the capitol rotunda for an annual event.

“Domestic violence and sexual assault are just not at all permissible," said Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett.  "How you can harm a family member?”

The governor and First Lady Susan Corbett joined The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV) to memorialize the more than 100 Pennsylvanians who lost their lives to abuse last year.

The event was meant to send a clear message, “No More.” 

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Essential Pittsburgh
4:59 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

The Impact of Partner Violence in the Workplace

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October is domestic violence awareness month. NFL players, domestic violence and how the league is addressing the issue has been garnering a lot of headlines. These stories also exemplify how domestic violence can spill over into the workplace.

We’ll look at the impact this deadly issue has on places of employment with Patricia Cluss, a psychologist and the director of Standing Firm, which educates employers about the cost of partner violence in the workplace.

Cluss, who favors the term “partner violence” rather than “domestic violence,” emphasizes that such violence has significant implications for work life, but because of the sensitivity of the issue, many people try to avoid the issue. 

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Essential Pittsburgh
12:07 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Does the NFL Have a Culture of Violence?

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Former NFL quarterback Don McPherson joins us to discuss domestic violence issues involving NFL players including Baltimore's Ray Rice and Minnesota's Adrian Peterson.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says the league will get its house in order, the question is how. McPherson regularly speaks on college campuses as a critic of gender roles, saying they contribute to incidents of domestic violence, stalking and rape.   

Essential Pittsburgh
3:55 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Of Rice and Men: Raising the Standards Set for Athletes

Running back Ray Rice made headlines and sparked a controversy in the NFL when video surfaced of Rice punching his then-fiancee Janay Palmer.
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In her latest column our guest, Nafari Vanaski of the Tribune Review, takes the NFL to task for its handling of the Ray Rice assault case. She also poses the question of why athletic organizations don’t hold players to higher standards of conduct when they’re involved in wrongdoing. 

Domestic violence
12:29 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Ceramic Tile Quilt To Raise Awareness Of Violence Against Women

The 7-by-4 foot ceramic tile quilt calls attention to violence against women.
Credit The Dignity and Respect Campaign

Last year, 65 women in the state were killed as a result of domestic violence.

According to the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 49 of those victims were killed by their intimate partners or former partners.

To increase awareness of violence against women the Dignity and Respect Campaign in March hosted more than 90 volunteers to design and decorate 6-inch by 6-inch ceramic tiles.

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Community
5:37 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Activists Rally to End Gender-Based Violence

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.

That’s why New Voices Pittsburgh, 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.

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Arts & Culture
3:25 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Art Exhibition Explores Themes of Violence, Healing

"El Chupon II" by Claudia Alvarez
Credit Claudia Alvarez / Photo courtesy of the Society for Contemporary Craft

A group of toddlers stands with their hands in the air; another toddler points a gun straight at them.

This is the first thing visitors to the new Contemporary Craft exhibition ENOUGH Violence: Artists Speak Out will see.

The scene is part of a ceramic sculpture series by Claudia Alvarez, who is one of fourteen artists included in the exhibition.

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Public Safety
7:53 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Domestic Violence Prevention the Focus of New Website, National Campaign

There were 141 domestic violence-related murders in Pennsylvania last year, 10 of which occurred in Allegheny County.

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Public Safety
2:21 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Pittsburgh Council Overhauls Police Training for Domestic Violence Response

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.

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.

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Essential Pittsburgh
11:55 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Pittsburgh City Council This Week

Noah Brode is the City Council reporter for 90.5 WESA
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Last week, Pittsburgh City Council gave preliminary approval to Councilman Ricky Burgess's bills to reform the police bureau's domestic violence response policies.  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 Tuesday.

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.

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Essential Pittsburgh
6:40 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Ka'Sandra Wade Legislation: How Should Police Respond to Calls for Help?

Can domestic violence legislation be enough to stop domestic violence? Should there be uniformity in the way police respond to 911 calls?
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This Wednesday, Pittsburgh City Council votes on legislation written in reaction 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.

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Pennsylvania
1:40 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Corbett Boosts Money to Fight Domestic Violence

Gov. Tom Corbett is defending his proposal to increase state spending to combat domestic violence by 10 percent.

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.

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."

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