Tuesday, 25 November 2014 00:00

Johnson City/Washington County Awarded Family Justice Center Grant
Staff - News Channel 11

JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) -The City of Johnson City was awarded a three-year, $240,000 grant to establish a Family Justice Center for Johnson City/Washington County by the state's Office of Criminal Justice Programs (OCJP).

According to a release from the city, the grant will be used to help reach the goals of Gov. Bill Haslam's Public Safety Action Plan to reduce the number of domestic violence incidents locally.

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Monday, 24 November 2014 00:00

Planning Help Available For Domestic Violence Victims
By Jerica Phillips

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -For domestic violence victims, making a plan is the first step to getting help and getting out of an unhealthy relationship.
Gwen Turner is a domestic violence survivor who now works to help other women get out of abusive relationships. She works at the Family Safety Center, where navigators are the first point of contact for domestic violence victims in Memphis and Shelby County.

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Tuesday, 18 November 2014 00:00

Officer Training to Help Domestic Violence Victims Starts Soon
Brittany Stovall - Herald-Citizen

PUTNAM COUNTY — In a measure to better help domestic violence victims, various local law enforcement agencies will soon participate in a lethality assessment training program through a partnership with the Upper Cumberland Family Justice Center.

According to Amy Stockwell, UCFJC project coordinator, officers will be trained in the Maryland Model Lethality Assessment Program (LAP), which consists of 11 questions a police officer will ask a victim when responding to domestic violence calls in order to assess the danger the individual is in. The program is aimed toward victims of domestic assault situations between intimate partners.

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Monday, 17 November 2014 00:00

Another Voice: Help Is Available for Victims of Abusive Relationships
Jessica M. Fitzpatrick - Buffalo News

Stories about domestic violence permeated the news during October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Two of these news stories dealt with horrific tragedies ending in death. Buffalo witnessed a murder-suicide when a perpetrator of domestic violence shot and killed his wife and then himself. Days later, a high school student in Washington shot several people, killing three, and then killed himself. Before the shooting, he used social media to express his despair and rage regarding a failed romantic relationship.

These stories should draw our attention to the severity of dating and domestic violence.

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Saturday, 15 November 2014 00:00

Montgomery Teen Accused of Forgery
Rebecca Burylo - Montgomery Advertiser

A Montgomery teen has been accused of stealing thousands of dollars from an 89-year-old woman, and Montgomery County District Attorney Daryl Bailey said the case is just one of several instances of exploitation of the elderly in Montgomery.

Bailey said it's a growing problem that is "simply despicable."

The most recent case involves Hazel Brown, who lives in the Dalraida community. She noticed a series of checks had been cashed in her name without her knowledge, and she immediately reported it to police. The checks totaled more than $2,000.

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Saturday, 15 November 2014 00:00

Redding Council Considers Funding for Veterans, Shelter Projects
Jenny Espino - Record Searchlight

REDDING, California - Leaders heading up projects to assist domestic abuse victims and veterans will come before the Redding City Council on Tuesday seeking financial support.

The council will consider waiving $28,700 in fees and a use permit in connection to former state Sen. Maurice Johannessen’s proposal to build a medical facility and senior apartment complex for veterans across from the Redding Veterans Home on Knighton Road. Johannessen has bought 16 acres for the project.

One SAFE Place officials are asking for $300,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds to help with rehabilitation costs at its $5 million Sierra Center shelter. The block grant funding will cover pre-development tasks such as engineering and architectural services, environmental studies and professional and permit fees.

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