Monthly Archives: July 2013

New York DV stats show uptick in 2012

The Division of Criminal Justice Services reported 54,848 domestic violence victims outside New York City in 2012, up more than 1,700, or 3 percent, from the year before. The New York Police Department, using data that excludes some lower level crimes, said there were 30,428 domestic violence victims last year, an increase of about 1,500. State criminal justice officials said Wednesday that the increase in police reports about domestic assaults, sex offenses and violations of protection orders may reflect an ongoing push for victims to contact authorities.

Recently released data on incidents of domestic violence throughout New York reveal an increase in rates for the year 2012. Read the full article here for a summary of 2012’s findings

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Domestic violence and the “abusive monster”/“weak woman” labels

Throughout our efforts to develop safe and effective domestic violence treatment options, the Center on Violence and Recovery has remained critical of stereotypical conceptualizations related to incidents, perpetrators, and victims of domestic abuse. In the above piece, Pop Feminist blogger Naira Ruiz addresses the harms created by such conceptualizations—namely, through the pathologizing of victims who stay in abusive relationships and the minimizing of violence which is not overt and physical.

The Pop Feminist

It was a graphic reminder that domestic abuse can occur in any family. Last week, several news outlets published photographs of Nigella Lawson looking distraught as her husband, Charles Saatchi, grabbed her neck. After the photos came out, it was widely reported that the celebrity food writer had moved out of the home she and Saatchi shared and he eventually accepted police ­caution over his abusive behavior.

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Interrupting Youth Cycles of Violence

More exciting news out of Oakland, California as Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY) continues to challenge the use of punitive responses to youthful offenders! Watch below as RJOY members discuss the impact their Restorative Justice Project has had on Oakland youth, on incidents of violence, and on rates of reoffending.