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May 27, 2020

Legal Aid Society launches domestic violence helpline

The Legal Aid Society of Rochester (LASROC) has launched a new Domestic Violence Legal Services Helpline — (585) 204-0199. The announcement is a response to the reduced court functions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. From April 2019 to March 2020, the Society provided legal assistance and support in more than 1,400 domestic violence cases. Many […]

Nov 22, 2019

Woman calls 911 for pizza to save abused mother

At first, the dispatcher sounds bemused. “You called 911 to order a pizza?” Tim Teneyck said. “Uh . . . yeah,” she said. Teneyck said she had the wrong number, but the caller was persistent. Then he realized this wasn’t just another mistaken dial. The call led police in Oregon, Ohio, to arrest a man […]

Jun 5, 2019

Prosecutor may overlook domestic violence charges for same-sex couples, he says

The chief prosecutor in Coffee County, Tennessee, implied that he would not prosecute domestic violence of same-sex couples, according to recently released video of a 2018 event. Craig Northcott was recorded telling participants at a bible conference what happens when voters elect a “Good Christian man as D.A,” according to video released Monday by Nashville […]

Sep 26, 2017

$750,000 domestic violence grant announced for Monroe County

As a means to implement the Violence Against Women Act locally, Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-Perinton, announced a $750,000 federal grant intended to combat domestic violence in Monroe County. The funding will be disbursed to Willow Domestic Violence Center, Legal Aid Society of Rochester, Monroe County Probation, Rochester Police Department Domestic Abuse Response Team, RPD Victim’s […]

Jul 26, 2017

Court: Violence law unfair to gay South Carolina couples

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — People in same-sex relationships in South Carolina should get the same legal protections against domestic violence as heterosexual couples, the state’s highest court ruled Wednesday, deeming a portion of the state’s criminal domestic violence statute unconstitutional. The court had been asked to weigh in after a woman tried to get a […]

Feb 16, 2017

ICE detains woman seeking domestic abuse protection at Texas courthouse

A hearing in El Paso County went from ordinary to “unprecedented” last week when half a dozen Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents showed up at a courthouse where an undocumented woman was seeking a protective order against the boyfriend she accused of abusing her. The woman, a citizen of Mexico who was living in El […]

Dec 28, 2016

$7.7 million from New York to help victims of domestic violence and sexual assault

New York state is getting $7.7 million from the federal government to assist victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration said Tuesday that the money will go toward counseling and legal help for victims, law enforcement investigations and prosecutions, and training for police and judges. Cuomo, a Democrat, says the money […]

Sep 13, 2016

Rochester lawyer to co-chair effort to help domestic violence victims

Empire Justice Center Senior Attorney Amy Schwartz will co-chair a new initiative to improve access to legal services for domestic violence victims announced by the New York State Bar Association and the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York. Schwartz will share the leadership role with Judy Harris Kluger, a former New York […]

Jun 10, 2015

Commentary: Leagues need playbook on domestic violence policy

The WNBA’s Tulsa Shock made an announcement on May 15 that it supported the league’s suspension of the team’s star player, two-time All Star forward Glory Johnson. She was suspended for seven games following her arrest on a domestic violence charge. That’s the part that matters. Here’s the part that doesn’t. It does not matter […]

Apr 10, 2015

Agencies discuss plans for ending domestic violence

Four domestic violence-related deaths in the past year in the Rochester community — two each in the city and suburbs — highlight the need for continued efforts and resources to combat the problem permeating all levels of society. “This is a problem that continues to plague our community,” said Carl Hatch-Feir, chair of the Rochester […]

Oct 28, 2014

Commentary: Domestic violence victims are not public nuisances

Public nuisance ordinances are becoming the rage among municipalities. The City of Rochester has one.  The Borough of Norristown, just outside Philadelphia, had one. Hopefully, Rochester does not follow the example of Norristown. In the words of the Rochester ordinance, there exist “flagrant violation(s) of certain Penal Laws and Municipal Code provisions” in the use […]

Oct 1, 2014

Standing against domestic violence

Monroe County reports of domestic violence are above state rates, with rates in the city of Rochester nearly 2.5 times the statewide rate, according to a report issued Wednesday by Alternatives for Battered Women and Rochester/Monroe County Domestic Violence Consortium. The two agencies hosted a press conference to kick off Domestic Violence Awareness month and […]

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