domestic violence

Amy Barasch
Amy Barasch

For women being subjected to domestic violence, getting help doesn’t just mean calling the police. Oftentimes, they can gain protection from civil court proceedings — but many can’t afford a lawyer. An organization called Her Justice works to fill that gap, supplying lawyers to domestic violence victims, who are often poor. Executive Director Amy Barasch (bare-ish), who headed the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence from 2007 to 2012, spoke with WAMC’s Ian Pickus.

New York is requiring insurers providing individual coverage through the state health exchange to allow victims of domestic violence or abandonment to enroll at any time.

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A state panel is moving closer toward recommending how Connecticut can better help children exposed to domestic violence, including those involving a homicide

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Three Berkshire County high schools are among nearly 100 taking part in a statewide effort to prevent domestic violence among young people.

The Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, known as Jane Doe Inc. announced the group’s 2016 White Ribbon Campaign at the State House in Boston Tuesday. 

The campaign is a primary prevention strategy to help end male violence against women. 

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Jane Doe Inc.’s Men’s Initiative Coordinator Craig Norberg-Bohm.

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Three Berkshire County high schools are among nearly 100 taking part in a statewide effort to prevent domestic violence among young people.

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Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito visited western Massachusetts Thursday to announce the expansion of a state network designed to assist victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation to ensure orders of protection in domestic sex assaults are extended through their attacker's probation term.

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The Massachusetts Attorney General’s office and the charitable arm of the New England Patriots are partnering to combat youth domestic violence.

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It’s often an unseen or unrecognized form of violence.  But it’s also one of the most common crimes and among the most dangerous to emergency responders.  Weapons can be anything from guns to hands to knives or even words.  In the final part of our weeklong series 'Crime in our Communities,’ WAMCs' North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley looks at domestic violence. 


News is just reaching many New Yorkers that a recent University at Albany graduate was killed in Asia. 

  The New York state Senate has voted to create a public list of those convicted of violent felonies similar to the existing sex offender registry. 

The proposal is intended to prevent future crimes, and in particular domestic violence, by allowing people to check if a new acquaintance has a violent past.

The legislation is named Brittany's Law after Brittany Passalacqua, a 12-year-old from Geneva who was murdered in 2009 along with her mother by her mother's then boyfriend. The boyfriend had a prior conviction for a violent felony.

State and federal grants will help support legal staff of a program in Orange County to prosecute certain domestic violence cases.

Listener Essay - Domestic Violence Awareness

Oct 23, 2014

  Kathryn Allen is a communications consultant and writer who lives in Menands.

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Albany County is taking a leadership role in addressing domestic violence — the subject of weeks of handwringing nationally after high-profile cases.

"We have recently seen this veil of secrecy ripped open by very public events within the NFL. It's a sad fact that true action only takes place after tragedy or public shame."

Crime Victims Caseworker Amanda Petrie, speaking Friday at the Albany County Office Building, where officials gathered for the unveiling of a cutting-edge Domestic Violence Awareness program. October is Domestic Violence Awareness month.

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A coalition of human service organizations led by the Human Services Council is seeking what it thinks should be its fair share of 4-point-5 billion dollars New York received through bank settlements. They've launched a statewide campaign calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to reinvest $354 million in the nonprofit human services sector, to protect vital programs for communities and jobs across the state.


Five Vermont groups have been awarded more than $5 million in federal grants to support crime victims.

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An annual event in Pittsfield, Massachusetts has added significance this year.


When NFL running back Ray Rice punched Janay Palmer, knocked her unconscious and dragged her out of an Atlantic City casino months ago, elevator cameras recorded the incident. The full video came out this week, and facing public outrage and criticism over a previous two-game suspension, the Baltimore Ravens released Rice and the NFL suspended him indefinitely. Some wonder why the woman ended up marrying Rice and has remained with him.

As WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, victims advocates say domestic violence cases are complicated and rather than focusing on why his wife is staying with him, people should ask why Rice is abusing her.

Keith Strudler: Ray Rice, Domestic Violence And The NFL

Sep 10, 2014

It’s a safe default to assume you’re always being watched. The notion of privacy is as antiquated as afternoon tea time and top hats. Particularly if you’re somebody, you live your life as if it’s on TV.

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There is literally nothing one can say in defense of Ray Rice, the Baltimore running back just suspended two games for assaulting his then girlfriend/now wife Janay Palmer, the aftermath of which was caught on tape as Rice dragged a lifeless Palmer out of a hotel elevator. Even though charges were dropped, thanks largely to Palmer’s unwillingness to press them, the verdict on Rice’s character is long decided. The fact is and will remain that a brutish NFL star pulled an inert female out of an elevator as if she were a piece of luggage, an obvious victim of his brutality.

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Recording artist Natalie Merchant appeared with anti-domestic violence advocates at WAMC’s Performing Arts Center The Linda Wednesday to promote a new public service announcement and video series on domestic violence awareness.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Hotlines across New York State received more than 25-thousand calls in 2012. New York is kicking off a public education campaign entitled  “Don’t Do Nothing,”  to encourage those who “see something” to “say something.”

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Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin wants to make it harder for domestic violence abusers to obtain confiscated weapons with proposals to help law enforcement store those firearms.

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Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin wants to improve the ability of law enforcement to take and store firearms belonging to alleged perpetrators of domestic violence.


Anti-violence advocates in western Massachusetts are working to help women escape from their abusers and to escape poverty.

   The focus at rape crisis centers and emergency shelters for battered women has been on healing physical and emotional scars. Now more  must be done to help mend economic wounds, according to Debra Robbin, Deputy Director of Jane Doe Inc., the Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence.

A Vermont judge refused to arraign a domestic violence suspect until he changed his shirt, which had the words: "I bust mine to kick yours."

A group of concerned citizens is organizing an event this week to address the subject of reducing violent crime in Berkshire County.

The group called Berkshire Citizens for Peace and Justice this week is organizing a meeting involving area residents, professionals, and public safety officials to discuss a wide variety of topics related to school and community violence.

The National Center For Victims of Crime has named January 2013 as National Stalking Awareness Month.

Stalking is a crime in New York, and both sexes are victims. “Know it. Name it. Stop it” is the theme for January's Stalking Awareness Month.

Barbara Palmateer is Program Director of Family, Community and Victim Services for Community Action Agency of Greene County’s Columbia-Greene Domestic Violence Program. She notes that victims suffer anxiety, social dysfunction, and severe depression at much higher rates than the general population, and many lose time from work or have to move as a result of their victimization.

New York State will have some new laws that take effect January first. One is a multi-layered legislative package that provides new protections for domestic violence victims. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the bill package October 25th.  One piece of the legislation increases the penalty for repeat offenders to a felony by creating a Class E felony, Aggravated Family Offense. Manhattan District Attorney and President of the New York District Attorneys Association of the State of New York Cyrus Vance, Jr., said this addresses an underlying issue: the ability of offenders to abuse their victims again and again without serious consequences.

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    Three months after a veteran police officer in Springfield Massachusetts was killed in the line of duty, the death of officer Kevin Ambrose still reverberates.  Police across the country are reviewing procedures for dealing with domestic disputes involving fellow law officers.  Efforts continue in Massachusetts to boost survivor benefits for the families of public safety professionals killed on the job. WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.