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October 30, 2019

If you have ever tried to find statistics about the prevalence of domestic violence, you know how hard it can be.  The numbers vary significantly based on the inputs — worldwide versus United States, violence against women as opposed to violence against women or childr...

October 16, 2019

When many of us think about domestic violence, we likely consider how it impacts the adult victim. Yet if there are children in the home, domestic violence affects them, too — even if they are not subject to the abuse themselves.  It is important to understand these ef...

October 9, 2019

There is a common misconception around domestic violence — that it must involve some type of physical abuse.  While many people who engage in domestic violence do hit, shove, or strangle their victims, domestic violence often involves more than physical harm.  At its h...

August 28, 2019

Earlier this year, a number of journalists published pieces alerting the public to the fact that the Trump administration had changed the definition of domestic violence.  If true, this news would certainly be disturbing — but this claim was not quite accurate.

In reali...

June 19, 2019

When we talk about domestic violence, the tendency is to focus on heterosexual relationships. This is an important conversation — but it often excludes lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people who experience domestic violence.  Domestic violence is...

May 29, 2019

In Pennsylvania, there is currently no minimum age to get married.  A child of any age can get married if they meet certain requirements.  For those under the age of 18, a custodial parent or guardian’s consent is all that is needed to marry.  For anyone under the age...

May 22, 2019

In criminal cases, if a defendant is found guilty of a crime, they are given an opportunity to present evidence before the judge at sentencing.  This often comes in the form of letters of support or testimony from friends, family or colleagues. It is an integral part o...

December 12, 2018

In November, the United Nations (U.N.) released a report that led to shocking headlines: home is the most dangerous place for women.  According to the U.N., around 87,000 women were killed around the world in 2017.  Approximately 50,000 of those women — or 58% — were k...

June 6, 2018

June is Pride Month — a month of celebration, protest and political action for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) community.  The first Pride marches began in 1970 in commemoration of the Stonewall Riots.  Today, Pride Month encompasses a variet...

May 16, 2018

In just the past few weeks, there has been a spate of domestic violence incidents in Western Pennsylvania. From a SWAT situation in Pine Township to a man shot and killed by police after holding his wife and child hostage in Lower Burrell to a man shot during an incide...

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