Report: Domestic Violence Has Been Falling for Last 20 Years, Survivor Support Lags

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Report: Domestic Violence Has Been Falling for Last 20 Years, Survivor Support Lags (Credit: Wikipedia)

The Bureau of Justice Statistics released a new analysis of domestic violence from 2003 to 2012 and found that the rates have fallen and has remained low.

Despite the recession, which early reports indicated would drive a rise in domestic violence incidents as families struggled financially, it did not have much of an effect at all.

“Serious violent victimization,” which includes rape, sexual assault, robbery and aggravated assaults, spiked in 2006, but serious domestic violence incidents did not.

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Bureau of Justice Statistics: Domestic Violence Has Fallen for Last 20 Years (Chart Credit: BJS)

Domestic violence advocates aren’t too thrilled about the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ findings. They see a growing problem — a persistent gap in support for domestic violence survivors. Despite those rosy numbers from BJS, much more should be done for the survivors.

While the government started giving funds to law enforcement outreach and support for survivors through the Violence Against Women Act, as well as other programs, public awareness has led to victims being less likely to seek out support services.

Monica McLaughlin of the National Network to End Domestic Violence said, “As police response improves, as prosecution and court response improves, as medical response improves, referrals to domestic violence programs go up.”

She said the recession has had an impact on how many survivors seek help from the various services available to them. McLaughlin said “poverty is a co-conspirator of an abuser.” She added that federal funding for shelters and other services has remained flat throughout the recession and the result is a gap between requests for services and the ability to provide them.

 Report: Domestic Violence Has Been Falling for Last 20 Years, Survivor Support Lags

Ex-NYPD Officer Kevin Canty Fatally Shoots Wife in Front of Their Kids in Queens

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Ex-NYPD Officer Kevin Canty Fatally Shoots Wife in Front of Their Kids in Queens

SHOCK: Former NYPD officer Kevin Canty, 43, shot and killed his wife, Jessica Mera, in front of their two young children Saturday morning, in Ozone Park, Queens.

Jessica Mera was shot in the upper body inside their home on 104th Street in Ozone Park just before 11 a.m., police said. She was pronounced dead at Jamaica Hospital.

Kevin Canty was arrested nearly two miles from their home, officials said.

A neighbor took the couple’s kids to a nearby deli. The neighbor said, “They said, my daddy just shot my mommy.”

Canty confessed to killing his wife saying her infidelity to drove him to murder. He shot Jessica Mera 10 times with a 9-mm pistol.

Shanique Varlack, 22, told the NY Daily News Canty often threatened his wife. She also said, “He told one more person, I’m gonna kill this b*tch one day.”

 Ex NYPD Officer Kevin Canty Fatally Shoots Wife in Front of Their Kids in Queens

Text Messages Between Oscar Pistorius, Reeva Steenkamp Show Jealousy

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Text Messages Between Oscar Pistorius, Reeva Steenkamp Shows Jealousy (Credit: CityPress)

#OscarPistorius:  Text messages between Oscar Pistorius and his slain girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp showed rage fueled by jealousy. The text messages were read in court during his high-profile trial for the shooting death of Steenkamp, who he claimed he mistook for an intruder.

One text sent on Jan. 27, 2013 read, “u are very quick to act cold and offish when you’re unhappy… every 5 seconds i hear how u dated another chick,” she wrote.

Perhaps the most damaging to Pistorius was the line Steenkamp wrote saying, “i am the girl who let go with u even when i was scared out of my mind to. i’m the girl who feel in love with u and wanted to tell u this weekend.

“I get snapped at and told my accents and my voice are annoying. i touch your neck to show u i care you tell me to stop. Stop chewing gum. do this don’t do that,” read part of one long text. Source: ABC News

The text messages come as a third witness testified to hearing screaming leading up to the moments when Reeva Steenkamp was murdered by Oscar Pistorius. Anette Stipp told the court that “The thing I remember the most, and I don’t think I will ever forget, is the screaming.”

Stipp’s testimony corroborates Michelle Burger and Charl Johnson’s testimonies. They also said they heard bangs, followed by screaming and another set of bangs with more screaming, the City Press reports.

Judge Slaps Rep. Alan Grayson with Restraining Order for Allegedly Pushing Wife to Ground

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Judge Slaps Rep. Alan Grayson with Restraining Order for Pushing Wife to Ground

Democratic firebrand Rep. Alan Grayson was slapped with a restraining order after his estranged wife, Lolita Grayson, complained he “deliberately and with force pushed” her “very hard against the front door, causing her to fall to the ground.”

According to the sworn complaint, Lolita Grayson said her estranged husband “showed up, unannounced” as she was preparing to take their two youngest children to a play date and asked to speak with her inside their home.

Mrs. Grayson told police when she refused, he deliberately pushed her very hard against the front door. After Lolita Grayson told her husband not to touch her, she said she pushed him in the face and struck him in the stomach with her knee. She then called 911.

Juan Lopez, an aide to Rep. Grayson, told the Orlando Sentinel that he witnessed the exchange from 15 feet away, and denied that he assaulted anyone.

Alan Grayson’s attorney released a video purportedly showing that he didn’t hit his wife, but she did.

Baltimore Ravens Running Back Ray Rice, Fiancee Arrested After Fight at AC Casino

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Baltimore Ravens Running Back Ray Rice, Fiancee Arrested After Physical Fight

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was arrested for getting into a physical fight with his fiancee Janay Palmer at the Revel Casino in Atlantic City Saturday night.

The Baltimore Sun reports Ray Rice’s attorney confirmed the arrest, saying it was over  a ‘very minor physical altercation.’ Janay Palmer was also arrested and charged. The couple have been together since 2008 and have a daughter, 2-year-old Rayven Rice.

 

Louis Garcia Kills Two Children, Self, in Murder-Suicide in Carroll County GA

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Louis Garcia Kills Two Kids, Self in Carroll County GA Murder-Suicide

Louis Garcia fatally shot his two kids, Kayla Garcia, 11, and her brother Daniel Garcia, 13, before turning the gun on himself in an apparent double murder-suicide, in their home in Carroll County, Ga.

Investigators believe the three may have been dead their home near Temple since Tuesday. Deputies conducted a welfare check on Garcia at his Willow Lane home after he did not show up to work.

Kayla and Daniel Garcia’s mother was out of town for two weeks, after a report of domestic assault. Kayla Garcia was a student at Temple Elementary School, while her brother attended Temple Middle School.

Alrick Oral Brown Charged in Wife’s Stabbing Death, Says It was ‘Accidental’

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Alrick Oral Brown Charged in Wife’s Stabbing Death, Says It was ‘Accidental’

How do you accidentally stab someone to death? Alrick Oral Brown, 38, is charged with murder without premeditation after he called 911 to say he accidentally stabbed his wife, Dacota Stewart-Dick, 53, to death in their Parkland, Fla., home.

Sheriff’s deputies found Stewart-Dick on the floor of their home in the 12400 block of Northwest 78th Manor in the upscale gated Heron Bay community on Sunday. They found two bloody messages in the master bedroom that read “Im sorry” and “sorry,” the Sun Sentinel reports.

Deputies also said Alrick Oral Brown answered the door when they arrived on the scene and told them his wife was dead. He reportedly confessed to the crime, the Sun Sentinel reports.

Dacota Stewart-Dick had “several defensive stab wounds to her left hand and to both arms. The newspaper reports she was found with a knife in her hand that might have been placed there after her death, according to police documents.

 

Lina Castaneda, Mother Killed by Carlos Amarillo Who Thought They Were Witches

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Lina Castaneda, Mother Killed by Carlos Amarillo Who Thought They Were Witches

SHOCK:  Lina Castaneda, 25, and her mother, Estrella Castaneda, were killed at her Queens home Wednesday by her mother’s boyfriend Carlos Amarillo, who believed they were witches.

Amarillo used a hammer to beat Estrella Castaneda and her daughter to death after being convinced they performed voodoo and cast spells on him, the NY Daily News reports.

Carlos Amarillo, who was arrested outside the Castaneda’s East Elmhurst home, reportedly said, “I want the police to kill me.”

Lina Castaneda is survived by a seven-year-old daughter. Carlos Amarillo faces two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree murder and one count of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

 

Mary J. Blige’s Dad In Critical Condition After Being Stabbed by Ex-Girlfriend

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Mary J. Blige’s Dad In Critical Condition After Being Stabbed by Ex-Girlfriend (Credit: Wikipedia)

SHOCK:  R&B singer Mary J. Blige’s father, Thomas Blige, 63, is in critical condition after being stabbed by his former girlfriend during a domestic dispute. Thomas Blige was stabbed three times, including once to the neck, Thursday morning during an altercation at his home at the Arbors of Battle Creek apartment complex in Michigan, Battle Creek Enquirer reports.

Detective Sgt. Jim Martens said police believe Blige saw the woman deflating the tires on his Ford SUV in the parking lot outside the apartment and went out to confront her.

The couple argued and Blige was stabbed.

He returned to his apartment and she went to her apartment, police said. She was arrested without incident.

Martens said police have handled seven domestic violence complaints between Blige and his 50-year-old former girlfriend since August.

The woman was charged in October with aggravated domestic violence after she hit Blige in the head with a glass candlestick. She entered a no-contest plea to the charge and on Jan. 10 was placed on six months probation. She was ordered to have “non-assaultive” contact with Blige. Source: Battle Creek Enquirer

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Thomas Blige and his daughter. Women aren’t the only victims of domestic violence. Sometimes men are. This is a tragedy.

UPDATE #1 (01/24/14):  Cheryl White was arraigned on an attempted murder charge in the stabbing of Thomas Blige. She is being held on a half-million dollar bond and charged with attempted murder.

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Cheryl White charged in stabbing of Thomas Blige, Mary J. Blige’s dad (Calhoun County Sheriff’s Dept)

Utah Cop Joshua Boren Kills Wife, 2 Kids & Mother-In-Law in Murder-Suicide

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Utah Cop Joshua Boren Kills Wife, 2 Kids & Mother-In-Law in Murder-Suicide (Credit: Facebook)

SHOCK: Utah police officer Joshua Boren, 34, shot and killed his wife, Kelly Boren, their two children, Jaden Boren, 7, and Haley Boren, 5, along with his mother-in-law, Marie King, 55, before turning the gun on himself in an apparent murder-suicide.

Spanish Fork police said the bodies of the five were found about 11 p.m. Thursday, when co-workers reported that Joshua Boren didn’t show up for his night shift at the Lindon Police Department.

The officers who responded to the scene saw blood on the carpet and shell casings in the front room of the home when they looked through the window. When they entered the home, they found Marie King dead in a bedroom and Joshua Boren, his wife and kids dead in the adjoining bedroom.

Spanish Fork Lt. Matthew Johnson said Joshua and Kelly Boren had been experiencing marital problems in the past few months.