Posted: Fri 5:42 PM, Mar 28, 2014
Supreme Court upholds gun ban for domestic violence offenders
WICHITA, Kan.-- On Wednesday, the Supreme Court upheld and clarified the federal law that bans guns from domestic violence offenders.
The Supreme Court ruled that a federal law barring people convicted of minor domestic violence offenses from possessing guns can be enforced even in states where no proof of physical force is required to support the domestic violence charge. Read more
Editorial Thursday, March 6, 2014: Sexual Assault
Harrowing numbers reveal need for reporting crimes
Rape has been around for as long as humans have inhabited the earth. It isn’t going to go away, but we as a society need to do what we can to stop as much of it as we can. The numbers for sexual assault were detailed in a recent series of stories in The Hutchinson News. They were staggering. Nearly one in five women have been raped in their lifetime. One rape is reported to law enforcement in Kansas every seven hours. There will be 245,000 women and 40,000 men who will be raped in their lifetime. Out of 100 rapes, 40 are reported, 10 lead to an arrest and only 3 percent of rapists go to prison. Those statistics are sobering. It’s hard to believe how rampant the crime is and how little it results in arrest. Read more
Editorial 12-03-2013: Stop domestic violence
The state has a serious and chronic problem with domestic violence, judging from a new Kansas Bureau of Investigation report for 2012 but also from the daily crime news.
Using data from law enforcement agencies around the state, the KBI’s report on Domestic Violence, Stalking and Rape in Kansas found that last year’s reported 24,373 incidents of domestic violence were the most in 20 years of such record keeping, though only a 0.9 percent increase over 2011. The key word is “reported,” as experts believe many more cases occur. Read more
Editorial 11-26-2013: Domestic violence arrests appallingly low
The winter holiday season will officially begin in a matter of hours. At this time of the year, warm and happy stories about people and events that reflect the season, its festive atmosphere and the presence of a giving spirit are in abundance.
But the news earlier this week included a report by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation that is anything but warm, happy or festive.
According to the KBI’s Domestic Violence, Stalking and Rape in Kansas report for 2012, the number of domestic violence incidents in the state is higher than it has been since 1992 but the number of arrests is down. Read more
Most Recent Zimmerman Arrest is Opportunity to Address Language and Myths Related to Domestic Violence
The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) urges the media to cover domestic violence accurately. With high profile cases of domestic violence in the news, such as George Zimmerman’s most recent arrest November 18, 2013 on aggravated assault and battery-domestic violence charges, the media has the opportunity to debunk myths and set the record straight on the realities of domestic violence. Read more
Domestic Abuse Has Long Term Health Impact, Survey Says
Liz Neporent, ABC News November 5, 2013 - The first time Leslie Morgan Steiner's husband attacked her was five days before their wedding. He choked her so hard he left handprints on her neck, she said. After that, Morgan said he beat her regularly. She said that during their two-and-a-half year marriage, he threatened her with a loaded gun and pounded her head against walls. Once he threw her down a flight of stairs. Twice he choked her until she blacked out. After a beating that lasted more than two hours, Steiner said she finally had the courage to file for divorce and take out a restraining order. Yet 20 years later, Morgan said she still deals with the psychological damage, the fear and physical pain inflicted on her by her ex. Read more
Domestic, sexual violence forum is this month
By NewsCow staff October 4, 2013 - 7:39:34 AM - A public forum on domestic and sexual violence will be held Oct. 16 in Arkansas City. The event is set for 7 p.m. in the Wright Room of Brown Center on the campus of Cowley College. It is sponsored by the Cowley County Democratic Party and Winfield Soroptimists. The speakers include: Dorothy Stucky Halley, Director of the Victim Services Division of the Kansas Attorney General’s Office; Kathy Wood and Sara Rust-Martin from the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence; and LeeAnn Riediger from the local Safe Homes, Inc. organization. “This forum is intended to raise awareness of sexual and domestic violence to coincide with Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and to inform the public about where they can seek help, rather than promoting any particular political viewpoint,” said Sharon Gordon, Chair of the Cowley County Democrats. Read more
Domestic Violence Programs Brace For End Of Federal Funds After Friday
By Bryce Covert on October 4, 2013 at 8:59 AM - Domestic violence programs across the country say they have received letters from federal offices that dole out grant money informing them that after Friday, if the government is not reopened, they will cease operations and the programs won’t be able to draw down the funds they normally rely on. While some may be able to weather the storm, small, rural programs and those that rely heavily on federal money are looking at layoffs and disruptions in service. Read more
Federal Shutdown Jeopardizes Domestic Violence Victims and Programs
The level of uncertainty for domestic violence victims and the programs that serve them increased today, this first day of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, as the federal government shut down due to an unfinished funding bill.
Domestic violence victims often rely on government supports to maintain their safety and economic stability in times of crisis. For instance, many victims of domestic violence depend on safety net benefits, like the federally-funded Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF) program. This and other federally-supported benefits are threatened by a government shutdown that lasts more than a few days. Read more
An Interview with Joyce Grover, KCSDV Executive Director
June 13, 2013 - The House has renewed the Violence Against Women Act, and that marks a step in the right direction for victims of sexual and domestic violence. This new legislation is stronger than the older version, which was enacted in 1994, in that it expands and creates federal programs that help victims of sexual and domestic violence. In addition to re-establishing provisions of the older law pertaining to domestic violence, it provides new provisions for Native American women and LGBT victims of sexual and domestic violence. Read more
Domestic Violence Shelters Warn That Sequestration
Has Put Women’s Lives On The Line
By Bryce Covert on Jun 3, 2013 at 3:00 pm - Sequestration, the automatic across-the-board spending cuts that went into effect in March, by design cuts a wide array of government-funded programs. One of the areas is domestic violence funding for programs on the state and local level. At the same time that sequestration is reducing those budgets, however, victims’ need for support has been steadily increasing. Read more
KCTV5 Uncovers Errors in Campus Sex Offender Lists
LAWRENCE, KS (KCTV) - May 14, 2013 - In classrooms across Missouri and Kansas, from small community colleges to large universities, convicted sex offenders are present, either as students or on the payroll. Read more
Kansas Denim Day April 24
KDHE, Partners Working to Prevent Sexual Violence
TOPEKA, KS - April 24, 2013 – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) invites state agencies and other Kansas employers to join the state health department in supporting Denim Day by allowing employees to wear jeans on Wednesday, April 24. Denim Day is a response to a 1999 Italian Supreme Court ruling that overturned a rape conviction because the victim wore tight jeans. Since then, wearing jeans on Denim Day has been a symbol of support for victims of sexual violence and protest against the idea that a victim could cause their own rape. Read More