Latest Domestic violence News

Johnny Depp's ex-wife asks judge to dismiss his lawsuit

Apr. 12, 2019 3:14 AM EDT

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — Actress Amber Heard asked a judge Thursday to dismiss a $50 million defamation lawsuit her ex-husband Johnny Depp filed over an op-ed about domestic violence she wrote in The Washington Post, and provided new evidence toward her allegations of abuse. In the motion filed in the Circuit...

House approves domestic violence law amid dispute over guns

Apr. 4, 2019 2:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House voted Thursday to reauthorize a 25-year-old law that helps victims of domestic and sexual violence, despite complaints by Republicans that Democrats were politicizing the popular law by expanding gun control. The bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act includes a...

Florida labor bill could aid victims of domestic violence

Mar. 31, 2019 3:06 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Reflecting on her assault 12 years ago, 41-year-old Wanda Gomez said she did not know if she was going to make it out alive. She had been stabbed multiple times by an angry ex-boyfriend, she said. Her attacker, who was also a co-worker, had been kicked out of her home after he was accused of...

Mom left note saying system failed to protect her and baby

Mar. 26, 2019 8:29 AM EDT

NEWPORT, Del. (AP) — A Delaware woman who killed her toddler and herself rather than surrender custody left a note to judges, lawyers and her family accusing the system of failing to protect them from domestic abuse. The News Journal of Wilmington delved into this month's deaths of Laura Connell and her...

Croatians demand more action against domestic violence

Mar. 16, 2019 12:07 PM EDT

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Thousands of people have rallied in Croatia demanding government action against domestic violence after a man threw his four small children from a balcony, seriously injuring them. The attack last month on the Adriatic Sea island of Pag has sent shock waves through the Balkan nation,...

MMA fighter pleads no contest to assaulting fighter wife

Mar. 14, 2019 8:22 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii mixed martial arts fighter pleaded no contest Thursday to assaulting his wife, a fellow fighter who said he left her with a fractured eye socket. Arnold Berdon is expected to be sentenced to probation. His wife, Rachael Ostovich Berdon, filed for a temporary restraining order in...

International Women's Day: Strikes, protests and holidays

Mar. 8, 2019 10:34 PM EST

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Marches and protests were held Friday across the globe to mark International Women's Day under the slogan #BalanceforBetter, with calls for a more gender-balanced world. The day, sponsored by the United Nations since 1975, celebrates women's achievements and aims to further...

Report: Saudi talk show suspended after critical views aired

Mar. 4, 2019 9:51 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Authorities in Saudi Arabia have suspended a new television talk show that tackled sensitive issues and aired critical views after just two weeks, according to a report in state-linked media. The suspension comes amid a wide-ranging crackdown on government critics. The...

Brother of man killed by police wants Calif. to prosecute

Mar. 3, 2019 10:13 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The brother of a black man shot to death by police said Sunday he wants to see the officers who fired the fatal bullets held accountable Stevante Clark called on California's attorney general to prosecute them after the local district attorney declined to do so. He told reporters...

'American Pie' singer objects to coverage of ex's exhibit

Feb. 22, 2019 4:47 PM EST

CAMDEN, Maine (AP) — Don McLean's former wife has launched a photo exhibition about domestic abuse that includes a copy of the protection order issued against him, and the "American Pie" singer is threatening to sue a weekly newspaper that wrote about it. Don and Patrisha McLean divorced after a domestic...