Latest Domestic violence News

Amid #MeToo, states debate teaching consent to kids

May. 20, 2019 5:37 PM EDT

Inside a Catholic school in Portland, Oregon, high school sophomores break into groups to discuss some once-taboo topics: abusive relationships and consent. At one desk, a girl with banana-colored fingernails begins jotting down some of the hallmarks of abuse: Physically hurting you, verbally abusive, can be...

'Pay to play': Officer accused of trading cash for freedom

May. 8, 2019 8:15 AM EDT

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina probation officer has been fired over allegations that he had offenders on house arrest pay for additional time outside, saying they had to "pay to play." The Charlotte Observer reports a state Department of Public Safety dismissal letter says Thomas Darnell Aker was...

Domestic violence expert: Wait and see with Addison Russell

May. 7, 2019 7:38 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — In the aftermath of Addison Russell's suspension for violating baseball's domestic violence policy, the Chicago Cubs decided to put their staff through enhanced training. Family Rescue, an organization that works to curb domestic violence by supporting victims and advocating for change,...

New Estonian minister resigns over alleged domestic violence

Apr. 30, 2019 2:55 PM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — An Estonian government minister resigned Tuesday after just a day in the job when authorities launched a domestic violence investigation into him. Marti Kuusik was sworn in as technology and foreign trade minister on Monday. Hours later, he was placed under investigation by police after the...

Chiefs' addition of Clark another controversial decision

Apr. 24, 2019 5:14 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs have made a habit of inciting controversy during the NFL draft in the Andy Reid era by acquiring players that have a history of off-the-field issues. This year, they didn't even wait until the draft. The Chiefs swung a blockbuster trade with the Seattle...

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...

Pension decision looms over Kentucky legislature's last day

Mar. 26, 2019 6:03 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — When the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence joined the state's pension system in the early 2000s, it had to set aside roughly 6 percent of each employee's salary for the retirement plan. Today, it's nearly 50 percent — and it's scheduled to jump to 84 percent in July,...

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...