domestic violence

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.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

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.

Human Services Council

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.

Facebook: Elizabeth Freeman Center

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.

Keith Strudler: Ray Rice's Suspension

Jul 30, 2014

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.

WAMC photo by Joshua Natoli

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.”